Obama reportedly meets with Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech leaders to discuss surveillance

According to a report from Politico, American President Obama met with several top figures in the tech world including Apple CEO Tim Cook and internet pioneer (and Google VP) Vint Cerf on Thursday to discuss government surveillance.

An unnamed administration aide described the meeting earlier this week as “one of a number of discussions the administration is having with experts and stakeholders in response to the president’s directive to have a national dialogue about how to better protect privacy in a digital era, including how to respect privacy while defending our national security.”

All this comes after the initial discovery of widespread NSA phone and internet surveillance programs affecting mainly US citizens, the president launched a PR campaign, both insisting that Congress had been regularly informed of the program’s existence, and saying that he welcomes public discussion of the issues at hand.

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