The Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook have agreed to create a new data protection and security group for businesses and consumers.
The group will include members who are experts in data privacy and security, including those working in the technology industry, government agencies and industry bodies, said a statement from the companies.
The new group will be made up of experts who will report directly to the chief privacy officer of each company, said the statement.
The group will consist of people who have been members of the group for more than one year, said Facebook’s vice president of privacy and data protection, Paul Martin.
The companies are expected to release their new data privacy standards in the next few months, the statement said.
The move comes at a time when privacy is a key issue for the US as it faces a surge in data breaches and data theft.
Earlier this year, the US Department of Justice accused Google and other US tech giants of hiding data about the number of people it has tracked in its searches.
Google said in January that it was investigating the allegations and has since promised to cooperate with the government.