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Obama meets again with tech CEOs on privacy issues

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Barack Obama met with tech company chief executives on Friday as a part of the administration's dialogue with the private sector on "issues surrounding intelligence, technology and privacy," according to the White House.

"The President reiterated his administration's commitment to taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe," the White House said in a readout of the meeting, which was closed to reporters.

The statement also said Obama updated CEOs on the administration's "comprehensive 'big data' review," which they describe in part as an analysis of the relationship between government and citizens, led by adviser John Podesta.

The meeting comes more than two months after Obama's January speech on proposed changes to the National Security Agency.

Among those who attended the meeting was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who called the President last week to express frustration about the government's spying and hacking programs.

"When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

His concerns are based on the latest investigative report from The Intercept, journalist Glenn Greenwald's site, which says that the NSA has weaponized the Internet, making it possible to inject bad software into innocent peoples' computers en masse.

The report is based on documents provided by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

After the White House meeting, Facebook said Zuckerberg and the President had an "honest" discussion but that the administration's reforms haven't gone far enough to curb government intrusion on the Internet

"People around the globe deserve to know that their information is secure and Facebook will keep urging the US Government to be more transparent about its practices and more protective of civil liberties," a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement.

Others attending the White House meeting included CEOs Reed Hastings of Netflix; Drew Houston of Dropbox; Dr. Alexander Karp of Palantir; Aaron Levie of Box and Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google.

The meeting also comes as potential GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul, a senator from Kentucky, is suing the Obama administration for its phone metadata collection that the NSA says it uses for counterterrorism efforts.

In his January speech, Obama outlined a series of steps - some immediate and some requiring time to work out, possibly with Congress - that would change some aspects of the NSA collection of phone records and other information but generally leave intact the core and function of existing programs.

"The United States is not spying on ordinary people who don't threaten our national security" Obama said, adding that, "unless there is a compelling national security purpose, we will not monitor the communications of heads of state and government of our close friends and allies."