Today Microsoft called for increased transparency in government requests for user data and other information.
In a statement, the company indicated that “[p]ermitting greater transparency on the aggregate volume and scope of national security requests, including FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) orders, would help the community understand and debate these important issues.” That’s correct.
The sentiment mirrors a publicly posted missive by search giant Google, which included the following request:
We therefore ask you to help make it possible for Google to publish in our Transparency Report aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures—in terms of both the number we receive and their scope. Google’s numbers would clearly show that our compliance with these requests falls far short of the claims being made. Google has nothing to hide.
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