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Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft are part of an alliance of technology companies and civil liberties groups demanding increased transparency around U.S. government surveillance efforts, reports "AllThingsD" (http://tinyurl.com/ncmfseu)
The article says that, in a letter to be published today, the alliance -- whose members include 63 companies, investors, non-profits and trade organizations -- will call upon President Obama and congressional leaders to allow Internet, telephone, and Web-based service providers to report national security-related requests for information with greater specificity. Specifically, they ask that they are allowed to regularly report:
• The number of government requests for information about their users • The number of individuals, accounts, or devices for which information was requested • The number of requests that sought communications content, basic subscriber information, and/or other information.