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Posted 22 July 2013 - 00:47

Apple, Google and dozens of other technology companies have urged US authorities to let them divulge more details about security requests.

The companies want to be able to report regular statistics about the nature and scope of what data is being asked for.

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden's revelations about US spying capabilities has left the tech firms keen to assert their independence.

Authorities are said to be considering the companies' request.

"We just want to make sure we do it right," said Gen Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency.

"We don't impact anything ongoing with the FBI. I think that's the reasonable approach."

The companies sent a letter outlining their request on Thursday to Gen Alexander, as well as President Obama and Congress.

It was co-signed by some of the most influential companies in the tech world, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Campaign groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch are also backing the action.

Companies are currently allowed to release limited data regarding security requests and their nature.

But as it stands those disclosures must be limited in scope, and in many cases require that the firms ask the courts for permission to make the information public.

Many users of popular services, particularly social networks, reacted angrily to the news that companies regularly make available information about users when requested to do so.


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 00:52

Odd, they didn't seem to care before everyone was mad. It's almost like they're.... pretending to care?

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 03:02

They all care that they've all been caught. And to be fair, some of them was a bit against the whole thing, with Apple and Google being prime examples.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 03:07

this just seems like a massive PR cash-in involving the recent NSA events. 

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 15:53

I guess the 'Giants' don't want to look like the spying bad guys to their future customers, who then may not buy.