WASHINGTON, DC (POOL/NSA/CNN) – A day after a judge ruled one of the National Security Agency’s data mining programs is likely unconstitutional, the White House will host executives from some of the top tech companies, including Apple, Yahoo!, Netflix and Twitter.
President Barack Obama will meet with some of the biggest names in tech, including Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The White House bills it as a meeting on cyber security and the failures of the Obamacare website, but officials say they’ll also discuss national security.
The tech industry has protested some of the most high-profile NSA snooping programs, and the meeting comes just one day after a federal judge said he believes data mining domestic phone records is unconstitutional.
“This is what happens when important legal issues are decided in open courts, where both sides get to make legal arguments rather than in secret courts where the government alone gets to present arguments to a court,” said Ben Wizner of the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
The program was first revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who released a statement Monday saying that other programs would be found unconstitutional as well.
Still, some lawmakers cannot agree with the way classified information was leaked.
“There’s some obviously there’s some good that was done here, in terms of disclosing the operations of this NSA program, but I think that maybe in some ways he may have exposed some of our people to great dangers in the process of doing that,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-MA.