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Obama meets Internet bosses on surveillance

Published on Mar 22, 2014 2:06 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama meets Internet bosses on Friday to discuss his latest plans to overhaul US spy agency surveillance practices which have infuriated the industry.

Obama was expected to meet company chiefs including Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who said last week he had called the president personally to express frustration with the vast online intelligence dragnets.

A White House official said the meeting was to continue Obama's "dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence." The White House was expected to release the names of all of those at the meeting later.

The scope of the National Security Agency spying network, revealed in leaks to the media by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, has sparked tensions between the administration and Silicon Valley.

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