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Eight technology firms urge surveillance reforms

Leading technology companies have joined together to urge the United States and other governments around the world to accept wide-reaching reform of their online surveillance practice.

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Google: Government snooping 'undermines' web safety

Google says that intelligence gathering techniques used by the US and other governments are putting web users' online security at risk.

Google is one of of eight companies who have written to the US about surveillance. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/

The online giant's senior vice president Ken Walker said: "We have invested so much in encryption and the fight for transparency around government requests for information.

"That's undermined when you have wholesale collection of data done in secret without independent oversight by many governments around the world," Walker told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

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