U.S. president Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met today with executives from some of the country's top tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo and Zynga to talk about national security, HealthCare.gov and the economy.
A statement Polygon received from The White House Office of the Press Secretary revealed that the meeting involved discussions on the progress being made to improve performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.gov, the challenges surrounding IT procurement and the national security and economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures.
"This was an opportunity for the President to hear from CEOs directly as we near completion of our review of signals intelligence programs, building on the feedback we've received from the private sector in recent weeks and months," the statement read. "The President made clear his belief in open, free and innovative internet and listened to the group's concerns and recommendations, and made clear that we will consider their input as well as the input of other outside stakeholders as we finalize our review of signals intelligence programs."
The tech companies released a joint statement following the meeting that read: "We appreciate the opportunity to share directly with the President our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urge him to move aggressively on reform."