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U.S. Tech Giants Join Forces Against U.K. Spying Plans

  • Companies say helping government snoop will damage trust
  • Industry rivals, privacy groups united in opposition to bill
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Major global technology and telecommunications companies, from Microsoft to Google to Vodafone, have outlined their objections to a proposed U.K. law that they say would let British intelligence agencies engage in mass surveillance and force them to give the government access to encrypted communication.

The objections were contained in written evidence, published Thursday, submitted by the companies to a U.K. Parliamentary committee considering the draft legislation. The newly released comments echoed written evidence already published by some individual companies, including Apple Inc.