Internet firms pressure US government to allow release of data request details - Telegraph
Internet companies are pressuring the US government to allow them to release more details about data requests from spy agencies in the wake of the National Security Agency (NSA)'s PRISM scandal.

The heads of Facebook, Microsoft and Google are requesting permission from the Obama administration to disclose information about requests for users' data, seeking to reassure customers that the authorities cannot indiscriminately monitor their communications.

David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller, according to a blog post yesterday. The letter asked for permission to report aggregate numbers of "national security requests".

Internet companies have maintained the government did not have direct access to their systems.

By asking to publish the number of security requests, Google is seeking to “show that our compliance with these requests falls far short of the claims being made,” Drummond wrote.

“Google has nothing to hide,” Drummond’s letter said. Transparency will “serve the public interest without harming national security,” he said...
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