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President, Tech CEOs discuss IT reforms, NSA Data Collecting

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President Barack Obama has met with executives from technology giants, including Apple and Google -- a day after a judge ruled the National Security Agency's secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans is likely unconstitutional.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday the president and vice president discussed national security and economic impacts of the government's unauthorized intelligence disclosures. It was not clear if the recent court ruling was brought up during the meeting.

Many of the technology companies have urged the president to constrain surveillance programs after they discovered the extent of the information the government collects through their systems. Several companies are introducing more encryption technology to protect users' data from hackers and government spies.

Carney said Mr. Obama also discussed government information technology reforms to maximize "innovation efficiency." He revealed performance improvements and capacity issues with the administration's HealthCare.gov website and announced Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene would lead the overhaul of the embattled website, starting Wednesday.



Tuesday's meeting at the White House also included executives from Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Comcast and LinkedIn.

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