Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is calling on the U.S. to provide more transparency about its data collection.
Mayer said that revelations about government snooping have hurt her company, and that Yahoo now wants "to be able to rebuild trust with our users."
Cisco (Fortune 500) CEO John Chambers echoed Mayer's remarks, saying that government leaders should start working together to create transparent guidelines related to , privacy, safety and data collection, all of which would allow businesses to function more efficiently.
Last year, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified documents detailing the U.S. government's bulk collection of phone records and other data. Snowden also revealed the agency had apparently tapped into the fiber optic cables that carry data between the servers of major American tech companies including Google (Fortune 500) and Yahoo. ,
The Snowden documents had major implications for tech companies, especially those that have staked their reputations on an ability to safeguard user data.
Mayer said Internet users should be given clearer information about how their online data may be used, and described the current situation as "murky."
In December, tech firms sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress, saying there was an "urgent need" to change government spying practices.
Obama announced a series of reforms last week, but many of the most contentious aspects revealed by last year's classified NSA leaks will continue.
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