Donald Trump has requested data from tech companies to build a registry to track Muslim Americans. Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) have refused to aid Trump in building a registry to track Muslim Americans.
Although this was one of Trump’s many promises on the campaign trail, this may be one of the proposals that he will stick to. Trump has reiterated his continued stance on building a registry on Muslim Americans. If tech giants do not agree to aid the President-Elect, then it will be very difficult to build an accurate registry.
Last week, Google had revealed eight National Security Letters that requested user data from the government. Yahoo had also published three national security letters in June. Twitter, the first large tech company that refused to share user information with the government had cut access to companies that were providing surveillance services to U.S. law enforcements.
Many tech professionals from Silicon Valley firms signing a letter pledging to refuse to build a database on individuals based on religious beliefs. Over 2,000 people have signed the pledge.