Internet companies including Apple, Google, and Yahoo called on the government to create greater transparency around secret court information requests
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A group of twenty-two Internet companies, civil liberties groups, and private investors joined forces, urging “greater transparency around national security-related requests by the US government.”
The request is the first joint statement made by Internet companies implicated in the PRISM surveillance program. Its signatories include AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, as well as advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“Having a unified front will really require the administration to take note,” says Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Nate Cardozo. “Obama says he welcomes a debate [on data collection] ... but the debate we are having now is not an informed debate because the Department of Justice is preventing the American people from knowing what is going on."