Obama critical of EU privacy laws

 U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University Photograph by Kevin Lamarque — Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University Photograph by Kevin Lamarque — Reuters

“We have to work together like never before” Mr Obama said during a speech at a White House Cybersecurity summit hosted in Silicon Valley last week.

Referring to the threat of cybercrime and need for tech companies to share information with the U.S. government to in order to support their surveillance initiative, the American government are facing a struggle with getting Silicon Valley Tech giants and the European government to comply.  Notably, Google, Facebook and Yahoo executives did not attend the summit according to Bloomberg. Many tech firms, wary of losing the trust of their users and keen to protect their privacy agreements, are reluctant to comply with the President’s wishes, especially in light of Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s spying activities but Obama has warned that cyber attacks such as the recent one on Sony Pictures will become commonplace if they don’t co-operate.

Not only is this issue is causing tension between tech firms and the U.S. government but it is also straining relations between American and the EU government, who have more stringent privacy laws in place. He also implied that European politicians have their own internet company’s interests at heart and that their privacy law and surveillance protection barriers are in place to slow their American rivals down.

American Intelligence have warned that the threat of cybercrime to national security is greater than the threat of terrorism.  This ominous forecast leaves the future of our reliance on the Internet in question and highlights the  need for greater security.

Watch Obama’s speech here streamed from The White House Youtube Channel:

 

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