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Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after U.S. deal

Posted By admin On June 15, 2013 @ 5:22 am In Featured Stories,Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Joseph Menn and Gerry Shih
Reuters [1]
June 15, 2013

Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.

Facebook on Friday became the first to release aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post that it received between 9,000 and 10,000 U.S. requests for user data in the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’ accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users worldwide.

The majority of those requests are routine police inquiries, a person familiar with the company said, but under the terms of the deal with Justice Department, Facebook is precluded from saying how many were secret orders issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Until now, all information about requests under FISA, including their existence, were deemed secret.

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[1] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/15/net-us-usa-security-internet-idUSBRE95E00Y20130615

[2] U.S. police behind most requests for Twitter information: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-police-behind-most-requests-for-twitter-information.html

[3] Pharmaceutical companies write their own drug information labels and leave out side effect information: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pharmaceutical-companies-write-their-own-drug-information-labels-and-leave-out-side-effect-information.html

[4] NSA paid millions to Internet companies to cover surveillance program costs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-paid-millions-to-internet-companies-to-cover-surveillance-program-costs.html

[5] Tech Companies Hiding Depth of Cooperation with NSA Surveillance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tech-companies-hiding-depth-of-cooperation-with-nsa-surveillance.html

[6] More Demands on Cell Carriers in Surveillance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/more-demands-on-cell-carriers-in-surveillance.html

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