August 09, 2013

President Barack Obama’s plan to seek Silicon Valley’s advice in the burgeoning debate over government surveillance is an olive branch to the industry — yet one that could come at a price.

The new seat at the table for tech companies in the national conversation about privacy represents a major opportunity to connect with the White House, but it also could drag the sector into a more uncomfortable discussion about the data it also collects and uses — a debate many of them have lobbied Washington intensely for years to avoid.

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