Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Calls For NSA Transparency

President Obama needs to be more open about spying activities, says tech executive

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

The Obama administration must be more transparent about the data collected by the National Security Agency, said Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer on Thursday, adding to a litany of complaints from tech companies about U.S. spying activity.

“People don’t know what data is being collected and how it is being used,” said Mayer at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos. “We need to be able to rebuild trust with our users, not only in the U.S. but internationally.”

Mayer said that Yahoo could let users know which data the NSA is collecting if the U.S. more openly discussed its spying activities. The Yahoo chief executive was one of several tech executives invited to meet President Obama in December to discuss NSA surveillance.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified data last year revealing major tech companies including Yahoo, and Google fed information to the U.S. government. Tech executives including Google chairman Eric Schmidt have since complained that the NSA’s spying mandate has gone too far.