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President Obama / Jae C. Hong, AP

President Obama met privately with several tech executives Tuesday to discuss the administration's efforts to address problems with the federal online health care exchange as well as the fallout that national security leaks have had on their companies, according to the White House.

Among those who were invited to the White House meeting were Apple's CEO Tim Cook, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt.

The meeting came as a federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program that collects millions of Americans' telephone records may be unconstitutional.

The tech executives wrote an open letter to Obama last week in which they plainly stated their call to curb surveillance.

"We appreciated the opportunity to share directly with the President our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urge him to move aggressively on reform," the executives said in a joint statement.

The White House announced on Friday that Obama received 40 recommendations from a special study group he tasked with reviewing the U.S. intelligence community's collection of telephone and Internet data. The study group was created in the aftermath of revelations made by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Obama's action on the recommendations -- which he is weighing and expected to announce next month -- are of significant importance to companies such as Google. Facebook, Apple and others who are dealing with the fallout of reports based on the Snowden's leaks that the NSA gained access to some of their users' information.

Obama was expected to talk to the tech officials specifically about the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures and how government can help the tech sector to "grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility," according to the White House.



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