WSJ: Apple, Twitter and Facebook Join The Fight For NSA Data-Collection Transparency

WSJ: Apple, Twitter and Facebook Join The Fight For NSA Data-Collection Transparency


A few weeks ago, we told you that the National Security Agency may be involved in the biggest surveillance program this side of 1984.

P.R.I.S.M — highlighted in the mainstream media thanks to the courageous efforts of NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden — is a global surveillance program that comprises of under-sea cables that (allegedly) feed the world’s data – (including: SMS, email, and phone call records), to the U.S governing agency, under legal agreements reportedly made by all of the countries said to be involved in the spying program, (one of which is thought to be the UK).

We already told you that Microsoft and Google had made some legal steps to try and remove the reported “gag orders” that had been placed on the firms, with the intention of stopping both corporations from being able to reveal just how many data requests each receives from the NSA — and now, it appears that even more of the world’s biggest corporations are joining the fight to protect our privacy.

Apple(who flatly denies that is involved in any such agreements or relations with the NSA) — is just one of the now 63 companies campaigning for more transparency, in regards to the governing agency’s reported “data-collection” program. Perhaps most notably, social giants Twitter and Facebook are also said to be involved in the movement.

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The goal? – To legally push U.S President Obama and the U.S government to allow the aforementioned corporations, (and many more like them), to release accurate and honest information regarding the number of NSA requests each receive on an annual basis.

John Paczkowski for The Wall Street Journal, reports:

“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.”

Specifically, they want the permission to release:

• The number of government requests for information about their users
• The number of individuals, accounts, or devices for which information was requested;

and …

• The number of requests that sought communications content, basic subscriber information, and/or other information.

Of course, the above will only happen if the NSA and the Obama administration actually wants it to happen.

Here’s hoping they see the light. We have very little privacy left as it is, today — and allowing the NSA to continue its (alleged) data-habouring, collection and analytic activities, could prove more detrimental than good in the long run.

See all our coverage on the NSA debacle.