Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter And Others Ask NSA For More Surveillance Transparency

The tech titans are part of a group of 63 signatories of a letter asking for more transparency regarding security-related surveillance requests.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter And Others Ask NSA For More Surveillance Transparency

“Just as the United States has long been an innovator when it comes to the Internet and products and services that rely upon the Internet,” reads part of the letter, “so too should it be an innovator when it comes to creating mechanisms to ensure that government is transparent, accountable, and respectful of civil liberties and human rights.”

As well as the big triumvirate of Google, Apple, and Facebook, AOL, Digg, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, and YouTube have all put their names to the missive. Trade organizations, non-profits, and investors have also joined the party, which asks the government to produce a transparency list and requests that the firms themselves are allowed to reveal:

  • How many government requests they have received requiring information about their users.
  • How many people, accounts, or devices are being investigated.
  • How many requests for communications content, subscriber information, and other details.

Google and Microsoft have already requested permission to reveal their FISA-related data requests, while another signatory, Yahoo, had some success in this arena earlier this week.

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