Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other companies want to publish the number of surveillance requests they receive from the National Security Agency and other agencies. The Department of Justice contends that would drive suspects to other services.
Yahoo has asked that it be allowed to review declassified documents of a secret court about a dispute over data collection between the Internet company and the government, as the release of the redacted documents could mislead the public.
The U.S. National Security Agency's reported efforts to weaken encryption standards have prompted an encrypted communications company to move away from cryptographic algorithms sanctioned by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The British newspaper responsible for breaking many of the stories surrounding the government surveillance program known as Prism said that there are still stories to come from the thousands of relevant documents that it has obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The NSA has defeated encryption through a variety of means, including through reported backdoors in online services and covert compromises in encryption standards, according to news reports last month.
As dissatisfaction with the NSA grows, so are secure chat options.
A former Microsoft privacy adviser says he was unaware that Microsoft assisted the National Security Agency.
The tech groups endorse the Surveillance Transparency Act in the Senate and the Surveillance Order Reporting Act in the House, both of which would allow companies to publish information about the number of surveillance requests they receive from U.S. agencies.
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