Steven Musil |November 24, 2013 - cnet.com
Mark Zuckerberg believes the United States "really blew it" on surveillance programs that have drawn intense criticism as lacking respect for citizens' privacy.
"I think that these things are always a balance, in terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what you're doing," the Facebook chief executive said in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that touched on a range of issues. "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."
The National Security Agency's tactics in vacuuming up phone, e-mail, and other Internet communications have come under scrutiny since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began releasing classified documents this year about the agency's activities.
After several Internet companies were reported to have given the US government direct access to its servers, Zuckerberg issued a categorical denial in June saying that Facebook "ha[s] never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. And if we did, we would fight it aggressively."