These practices put any company with user data in a position of not being able to fully live up to its privacy commitments and treating users outside the US with fewer protections and rights. We believe developers will abandon ideas for new technologies or offshore them over a risk of growing numbers of government requests and the lack of resources to defend against and process them. And for investors funding the next generation of online services, we heard that backlash from users outside the US is hardly in anyone’s best interest, let alone our nation’s.
The government should not be allowed to demand user data from phone carriers or Internet service providers unless there is a state of extreme national security in which they are in their legal guidelines to protect the borders of the country which is their sole purpose. The government has way too much power as it is and should not be allowed to demand user data from any private carrier or service provider unless national security is in danger.