Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
SAN FRANCISCO–When Mark Zuckerberg meets with top House Republicans next week, it seems like the NSA’s spying programs will make up a key component of the agenda.

During his conversation today with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Zuckerberg said that in much the same way that Facebook has an obligation to protect the data of its users, the United States has an obligation to protect American citizens and American business interests. He said that the government “did a bad job of balancing” their obligations.

While the government tried to placate the domestic public by saying that the powers of the NSA were directed overseas, Zuckerberg pointed out that hurt the reputation of tech companies like Facebook which try to reach an international audience.

“Oh that’s really gonna help companies that are trying to serve people around the world,” Zuckerberg said.

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  • masimons

    Push comes to shove, tell them Facebook is going overseas.

  • Christopher Budd

    You can’t overstate the damage this situation has done to the trustworthiness of American tech companies over the long-term. I’m shocked that companies aren’t suing and making a bigger noise about this all. Cloud providers especially know that this situation has given their non-US competitors an easy, strong point for their sales presentations “No PRISM”.

    • Guest

      ARPANET, you should read about it. You think non-US competitors are free from being snooped?

      • Christopher Budd

        Maybe not but I doubt it’s on this scale. More to the point though it’s not publicly known. A demonstrated fact is much more harmful than a suspicion.

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