January 11, 2016
Top national security officials met in San Jose recently with tech companies Apple, Google and Facebook to discuss collaborating more closely on surveillance efforts designed to prevent terrorist attacks.
Led by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, the White House formed the Countering Violent Extremism task force. Additionally, the State Department is establishing a Global Engagement Center, to work with allies to deter terrorists from carrying out attacks overseas in what’s become an increasingly alarming issue.
Tech industry leaders say they want to help, although they have historically been reluctant to share private information and data with government agencies. Tech officials claim that without legal order or clear evidence of imminent threat, it erodes user trust and raises the risk of hacker attacks.