Apple Joins Coalition of Technology Companies Formed to Demand More NSA Transparency

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Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other technology companies and liberties groups have formed an alliance which tomorrow will demand dramatically increased transparency of government surveillance efforts, reports AllThingsD.

In a letter to be published Thursday, 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.

The companies want 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.

In addition, the coalition wants the government to issue its own transparency report that provides the same information on a total basis.

“Basic information about how the government uses its various law enforcement–related investigative authorities has been published for years without any apparent disruption to criminal investigations,” a copy of the letter obtained by AllThingsD reads. “We seek permission for the same information to be made available regarding the government’s national security–related authorities. … Just as the United States has long been an innovator when it comes to the Internet and products and services that rely upon the Internet, so too should it be an innovator when it comes to creating mechanisms to ensure that government is transparent, accountable, and respectful of civil liberties and human rights.”

Some of the companies who are already part of the coalition include: AOL, Apple, Digg, Dropbox, Evoca, Facebook, Google, Heyzap, LinkedIn, Meetup, Microsoft, Mozilla, Reddit,, Tumblr, Twitter, Yahoo, YouNow, Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, Public Knowledge, Reporters Without Borders, and The Wikimedia Foundation.

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Me - July 18, 2013 at 6:17pm
Hahaha!!!! What a pile of crap!!! First all the companyes they give all of our info and now they want transparency? Such a big brainwash to all who believe!!! It gets funny by each day that passes!!!
IFake - July 18, 2013 at 4:26am
It's like teaming up to make new technology all in one, but thank god not samsuck is part of it, and since none of these are rivals of another but microshit and apple...
You're An iMoron! - July 18, 2013 at 12:39pm
Dude, what the hell are you talking about?!? What does that even mean? And why would Samsung be part of it, being a Korean rather than a U.S. company, and not having data services but just being a hardware manufacturer. What an absolutely moronic post you made.
You're an iTard. - July 18, 2013 at 2:43pm
All I was saying was I was comparing to what it looks like they're actually doing Mr.Idon'tgiveadamn. I was also pointing out who's the enemy of one another. But seriously, you didn't understand what I was talking about, so go back to your fucking cave troll hole. It was just a damn opinion. Calm your fricken tits.
You're A SUPER Moron!!! - July 18, 2013 at 10:08pm
Ha ha ha, what a Gold Medal moron you are, your explanation is even less clear than your original post. You know, my mentally challenged friend, when they say that everyone's entitled to their opinion, that also includes those of us capable of recognising a moronic opinion like yours. But who knows, maybe your opinion is actually a good one... maybe you should try expressing it in coherent sentences? And it's super funny that you accuse me of living in a cave: you write like someone that learned grammar from a video game, you ignorant f$$k!!!! Peace up, 'tard!
You're a super iTard - July 18, 2013 at 10:57pm
Look here bitch, if you just come here to judge then get the fuck off this site, you're nothing but a cocky whiny little ass, this is something about topics and articles, not who gets the last damn reply. Do you even have a real life than judging, no. Do you understand what people mean? No. Your just a wanna be who thinks you get the last of everything I say. Giant crying 3 year old is your name now, period.
You're STILL A Super Moron! - July 19, 2013 at 12:55pm
Actually, you're the whiny bitch... why don't you just go out and buy a dictionary, take some English classes, and try to make your point in a coherent fashion? Or are you too busy popping zits and jerking it to Justin Bieber songs in your mother's basement? ha ha ha, you're pathetic!
You're STILL a super iTard - July 19, 2013 at 1:29pm
You know what you little crying replying whore, no matter how many times you have to complain like 3 year old, you're just a fucking troll who thinks it's all about you, well it's not you asshole. You will never have a life, all you do is prove people wrong for no reason, now go fuck your mom or do something else to fuck your life. In fact, you have a life after all, life in the cave for an eternity.
You're Unbelievable!! - July 20, 2013 at 12:05am
I triple dog dare you to just quit your childish temper tantrums and try to express your original post in a coherent way. You can't, can you. You just call me all the names that you secretly fear people will discover apply to you, once your diabetic HIV infected mom kicks the bucket and Geraldo does an hour long feature show re-enacting the valiant efforts to bring your overweight pimply feces-encrusted ass up from the basement. Ha ha ha, you're so f'ing pathetic!!!! How old are you, 12? Why don't you do some Googling and find the chapter of NAMBLA nearest to your house and lose your virginity? And no, humping your mom doesn't count toward losing your virginity! By the way, your fat mama iFakes her orgasms while you're giving her your tiny wrinkled weenie, I saw it on her Slutbook page.
You're mythalogical - July 20, 2013 at 12:29am
Are you even real bitch, you're the one going too far, if you had not reply like a whore over tiny opinions, you wouldn't act like such a troll, the more you get the last out of everything, the more you not have a life. Go back to your toddler friends fanboying over 1 erection and tell them how you had and awesome time spamming for the eternity, you just want fun shit here, that's all you ask for. Ask your mother howvyou can have fun in your dreams, that's your life ass.
iClarified Mediator - July 20, 2013 at 7:59pm
iFake, I'm sorry to inform you that iClarified's official position is that YOU are in fact the whiny bitch. You are banned from posting until you reach puberty.
iClarified Manager - July 20, 2013 at 9:07pm
Sorry to inform you, iTard but you have been notified from the iClarified crew that you are in fact the first person to complain like a whiny asshole. You have been nothing but a bitchy 3 year old who has fellings for no one, you're the one who has started talking back like you want candy, so we're giving you one strike, 2 more then you're banned.
iFake - July 20, 2013 at 10:29pm
Actually, I wish to apologise. I re-read my original post, and all the subsequent ones, and I realise that I do sound like a retard whose only chance of ever having sex is buying a dog and training him to lick peanut butter out of my butthole. I wish to apologise to all iClarified posters for my ignorance and immaturity. I will take the advice so generously offered by my temporary nemesis in this exchange, and spend less time in the basement jerking it to Justin Bieber songs while sniffing my mother's panties. Maybe I'll get some fresh air once in a while, and when my sex-offender probation expires, go back to school and take some English classes. Wow, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! Like G.I. Joe says, "knowing is half the battle"... and now that I know I'm a loser, there's no way to go but up. Yeay me!!!!
iTard - July 20, 2013 at 10:55pm
I'm so sorry for how much of a faggot I was, iFake, I'm the one who started this war, I take full responsibility for how much of a 3 year old I was, I am a whiny ass of complaining over iFakes opinion, I am truly sorry for going in one other direction and misthinking why samsung is involved when he was saying that it was not involved, and most of all, I overreplied and tried to get the last word, I deserved what iFake called me, I was only doing this because I had no life, but I just didn't want a single reply, but bow, I wont say shit to him/her again, my actions were childish over a site for teens, iClarified, I realized this is a site about technology, and yes, I'm a total dick for the lied I said and I please ask to take backvthe strike and take my $5 to get appreciated again. Again, it was just an opinion, something about what others think and I, iTard shouldn't call people over what's true and not true, but it's their thoughts that they tell about what they've experienced. I am through iFake, hope you can please forgive me.
The Truth Revealed - July 22, 2013 at 12:16am
This whole exchange was written by the same person, iFake. That's me. Because I am a loser who masturbates fantasising about his own split personalities. Who are all gay, by the way. And oh, I also wrote the post in the article about the developer center being hacked. :-)
The truth lied - July 22, 2013 at 12:21am
iTard made his idea to have fun and just wants war, he does nothing but whine and lie and started the reply war, he set this whole shit up, he doesn't care about topics or anyone here nor gives a damn about them, he is another wannabe troll. How does it feel, bitch?
The Voice Of Reason - July 18, 2013 at 12:30am
Wow, I didn't expect this, but man am I pleased!!!! What a wonderful initiative this is. It doesn't even matter to me if the intent is pure (i.e. a true concern for civil liberties) or not (i.e. Pontius Pilatus washing his hands). The important thing is that there's some pushback on the seemingly incessant loss of civil rights. Kudos to those companies.
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