U.S. Tech Firms Call For Government Transparency On Security

U.S. Tech Firms Push For Government Transparency On Security -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Three of the largest Internet companies called on the U.S. government to provide greater transparency on national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.

In similarly worded statements released within hours on Tuesday, Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc all asked the U.S. government for permission to make public the number and scope of data requests each receives from security agencies.

Each of the companies, and several others, have come under scrutiny following disclosures in The Guardian and Washington Post newspapers of their role in a National Security Agency data collection program named Prism.

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Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more face fight to salvage reputations over NSA leaks -- The Guardian
Internet Companies Want Permission to Reveal Details of NSA Spy Program -- Voice of America
Google, Facebook call for leeway on sharing government requests for data -- Washington Post
Google, Facebook Want Fed’s O.K. to Clear the Record on NSA Requests -- ABC News
United front: Facebook and Microsoft join Google in asking the US to relax data collection secrecy -- The Verge
Google seeks approval from Justice Department to disclose more numbers on requests about users -- Washington Post/AP
NSA snooping: Google seeks OK to reveal more -- USA Today
Google says it wants to disclose FISA requests -- CBS
Google Asks Permission To Publish Info About FISA Requests -- NPR
Google Seeks OK From Feds to Disclose Stats on Secret Court Orders -- Threat Level
Google: We’re No NSA Stooge and We’ll Prove It If the Feds Let Us -- Time
Facebook urges U.S. government to allow disclosure of security requests -- Reuters
Microsoft urges government transparency on security requests -- Reuters
Did Google, Facebook, Yahoo et al. have much to lose from NSA story? -- Erik Wemple, Washington Post
NSA Leaks Present a Business and Ethics Crisis for Silicon Valley -- Robert McMillan, Wired Enterprise

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