World News

President, Tech CEOs Discuss IT Reforms, NSA Data Collecting

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

White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday said 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.

The White House said the president listened to the groups' concerns and recommendations, while reasserting his belief in an open and free Internet.

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.

FEATURED STORY

Relatives cry as the bodies of their family members, who died in Saturday's earthquake, are prepared for cremation along a river in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, 2015.

Multimedia Quake Overwhelms Nepal

VOA's Steve Herman describes the scene in Kathmandu, where quake survivors persevere despite death toll, which now exceeds 4,300 More

UNOCHA
UNOCHA
United Nations
United Nations
Steve Herman
Steve Herman
UNOCHA
United Nations
United Nations
United Nations