28 Jan 2014
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Linkedin can reveal information on government surveillance requests to their audience, attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced in a joint statement.
"As indicated in the Justice Department's filing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the administration is acting to allow more detailed disclosures about the number of national security orders and requests issued to communications providers, the number of customer accounts targeted under those orders and requests, and the underlying legal authorities," they said.
The companies have asked the US government to let them publish information on surveillance requests. “We believe that the public has a right to know about the volume and types of national security requests we receive," they told The Inquirer.
Authorities agree the public interest overshadows the national security concerns that kept this data classified until now.
The decision comes after President Obama's speech outlining revisions to NSA surveillance practices.