The Global Network Initiative applauds the letter sent by six technology companies—including GNI members Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!—to U.S. Senate leaders urging transparency and reforms to government surveillance practices that would include substantial enhancements to privacy protections and appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms for those programs.

GNI believes that legislative reforms should also address the privacy rights of people around the world, not just U.S. citizens. As an international initiative that brings together companies with human rights and press freedom organizations, investors, and academics, we look forward to working with the U.S. Congress and the Executive branch—as well as other governments—to address legitimate security concerns while protecting privacy and freedom of expression.