US president Barack Obama holds an economic meeting with top technology executives like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, the president reassured the executives that the on going review on National Security Agency policies will protect their users’ privacy.
The meeting only disclosed by the White House officials amid the deadline of the US Department of Justice has to announce specific reforms to the NSA’s practices.
According to the White House, the reason of the meeting with some of the giant players in American tech industry, was to give an update of the review and to discuss the issues of privacy, technology and intelligence.
“The president reiterated his administration’s commitment in taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, while preserving important tools that keep us safe,” White House issued statement regarding the meeting.
Along with Zuckerberg and Schmidt, also in attendance were respected representatives from Yahoo, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Box, Netflix, Palantir and Microsoft.
The top executives didn’t give any statements after the meeting.
The meeting was concluded a week after Zuckerberg, the 29-year old co-founder of Facebook said he personally called the president after becoming confused and frustrated over repeated reports of US government behavior.
The phone conversation of Obama and Zuckerberg occurred just hours after online magazine, The Intercept, published classified NSA documents disclosed by a former Intelligence Contractor Edward Snowden that shows operated computers that looks like Facebook servers in order to trick surveillance targets into installing malware in their computers.
Early this week, when The Intercept published another information pertaining to a program code-named QUANTUM that permits the NSA attempt to infect computers of innocent systems administers using the Facebook.
Meanwhile, the NSA’s lawyer said that top tech companies were informed of make agency surveillance programs that accessed the companies’ servers.