According to Reuters U.S. high tech companies have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance.

The companies — Google Inc, Microsoft Corp , Apple IncFacebook Inc, Twitter , LinkedIn CorpYahoo Inc and AOL Inc — issued an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress to bring in reforms and restrictions on surveillance activities.  The letter said the companies understood that governments need to protect their citizens’ safety and security, but they believed the current laws and practices need to be reformed.  The ‘Reform Government Surveillance’ campaign details five major concerns including limiting governments’ authority to collect users’ information, transparency about government demands and avoiding conflicts among governments.

Source:  Reuters