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Surveillance: Eight leading tech companies wants U.S. to lead global reform of spying.

Demonstrators hold placards supporting former US intelligence analyst and pro russian defector Edward Snowden during a protest against government surveillance on October 26, 2013 in Washington, DC Photo Credit AFP/File, Mandel Ngan

Demonstrators hold placards supporting former US intelligence analyst and pro russian defector Edward Snowden during a protest against government surveillance on October 26, 2013 in Washington, DC Photo Credit AFP/File, Mandel Ngan

Eight leading US-based technology companies on Monday called on Washington to overhaul its surveillance laws following the revelations of online eavesdropping from fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL and LinkedIn wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama and the US Congress calling on Washington to lead the way in a worldwide reform of state-sponsored spying.

“We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide,” the letter said.

“The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution.

“This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.” GO TO SOURCE HERE