Feeds

Facebook's Zuckerberg: US gov 'blew it' on mass surveillance

By all means MINE THAT DATA, just tell us about it... bitch

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg - whose company is routinely criticised for its dubious data-mining practices - has attacked the US government for being secretive about its online spying activities.

"I think the government really blew it on this one. And I honestly think that they're continuing to blow it in some ways and I hope that they become more transparent in that part of it," he told ABC News.

Zuck argued that a balance was needed to allow American citizens to live in a safe country where they are protected by spooks while, at the same time, being kept in the loop about mass surveillance - something the Facebook chief arguably knows a thing or two about.

"In terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what you're doing," the flame-haired, sneaker-wearing billionaire said in reference to the NSA/PRISM scandal that was leaked by master blabbermouth and erstwhile US government IT contractor Edward Snowden.

Zuckerberg said during the TV interview that he was continuing to lobby for more visas for highly skilled workers to keep them Stateside. He described the immigration issue in the US as "one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time".

He added: "There are 11 million undocumented people living in this country."

When quizzed about the view held by some in the US that those individuals are breaking the law, Zuck disagreed and said many immigrants without the right paperwork wanted to "contribute".

"The future of our economy is a knowledge economy. And that means that getting the most talented people into this country is the most important thing that we can do to make sure that the companies of tomorrow are founded here," he said. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms firm here
Is goTenna tech a goer? Time to grill CEO, CTO
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.