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

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

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!
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