"I think most companies, just like Apple, start out young and idealistic," Wozniak said at the Apps World North America convention here. "But now all these companies are going to the cloud. And with the cloud you don't have any control."
Tech companies, of course, are on the defensive these days, after disclosures about the NSA last year. In October, The Washington Post reported that the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, had specifically infiltrated data stores belonging to Google and Yahoo by targeting information in transit between data centers.
"We don't have any strong regulations or principles," he added, addressing the scope of the federal government's surveillance. Wozniak, who provided initial funding for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that when he was younger he understood that someone could wiretap your phone if you were suspected of wrongdoing but that some of the current tactics are another story. "We're on a bad path in that direction."
On Monday, major tech firms -- Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn -- beganabout FISA requests from the government.
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