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Statement Denouncing the British Intelligence Violation of Privacy on Webcam Surveillance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In reaction to today’s news reports detailing the UK government’s secret interception of millions of Yahoo! users’ webcam images, The Internet Association’s President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement supporting government surveillance reform and denouncing the violation of privacy:

“Today’s revelations, about British intelligence practices, are alarming and reaffirm the need for greater transparency and reform of government surveillance. Governments must immediately act to reform the practices and laws regulating surveillance and collection of Internet users’ information. The most pressing Internet user privacy issue continues to concern governments’ access to and use of electronic data. The Internet Association supports the Reform Government Surveillance principles and encourages legislation to limit governments’ authority to collect users’ information and increase transparency about government demands.”