Microsoft and Facebook Join Google in Begging the US to Slacken Data Transparency Rules

By Gary Cutlack on at

Microsoft and Facebook have joined Google in complaining about the US government's privacy restrictions, asking US authorities to let them tell the public how many data requests they receive from security agencies. So we might be a bit less suspicious of them.

Currently, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the rest can't even tell the public how many requests for information they receive from government sources due to "nondisclosure obligations" put in place, leading to the rather suspicious sort of headlines we've seen of late.

Microsoft, similarly to Google, has commented on the issue, saying: "Permitting greater transparency on the aggregate volume and scope of national security requests, including Fisa orders, would help the community understand and debate these important issues."

And Facebook noted its dislike of the situation too, with a statement saying: "We would welcome the opportunity to provide a transparency report that allows us to share with those who use Facebook around the world a complete picture of the government requests we receive, and how we respond." [BBC, Reuters]