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March 21, 2014

Readout of the President’s meeting with CEOs

Today, the President and senior members of his team met with Executives from several leading U.S. tech companies as part of a continuing dialogue with the private sector, civil society, and others on issues surrounding intelligence, technology and privacy.  The President used this opportunity to update the CEOs on our progress in implementing the principles and reforms he announced on January 17, including the new Presidential Directive he issued to govern our intelligence activities that will ensure that we take into account our security requirements, but also our alliances; our trade and investment relationships, including the concerns of our companies; and our commitment to privacy and basic liberties.

The President reiterated his Administration’s commitment to taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe.  The President also updated the CEOs on the comprehensive “big data” review being led by John Podesta, which looks at how “big data” will affect the way we live and work; the relationship between government and citizens; and how the public and private sectors can spur innovation and maximize the opportunities and free flow of this information while minimizing the risks to privacy.

The following Executives attended:
·         Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix
·         Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox
·         Dr. Alexander Karp, Founder & CEO, Palantir
·         Aaron Levie, Co-Founder & CEO, Box
·         Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
·         Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook

From the Administration, the following attended:
·         Secretary of Commerce Pritzker
·         Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett
·         Counselor John Podesta
·         Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco
·         National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients
·         Deputy Director of the National Security Agency Rick Ledgett


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  •  i guess no one from NSA and CIA has to be phys (0+ / 0-)

    Ically there to be in attendance.

    I personally have zero use fot any "steps that will give us confidence." That our "rights are being protected." What rights are those again? ere's more than enough of a confidence game going on as it is. And to be confident that what these unaccountable peeping toms with their petabyte toys are doing is "keeping us safe"? Mr. Obama, how stupid do you think we all are?

    ( I guess the answer to that last question is obvious.)

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 06:23:50 PM PDT

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