The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.
Worldwide requests have more than doubled since 2009, while the US - which is once again the most voracious data requester - has more than tripled its requests for information on Google customers.
The term refers to telling customers what you're not allowed to tell customers: namely, that you've been served with a subpoena for data, with attendant gag order, sometime during a given time span. This passive method of informing-by-omission is done by an ISP telling customers when the subpoena *hasn't* been served - a maneuver now legal, albeit untested in court, and Apple's one of the first big-name tech companies to try it.
Microsoft has published its second "Law Enforcement Requests Report", covering the first half of 2013.
John Hawes takes a look at what the numbers tell us...
Yahoo's first Transparency Report shows the US makes the most data requests, predictably as most Yahoo users live there. But which countries are going on fishing expeditions, asking Yahoo for data which doesn't exist or making requests without the proper legal justification?
Surprise! First ever Facebook "Government Requests" report reveals the most inquisitive authorities...
Facebook has released its first ever Global Government Requests Report, listing all the national authorities that have requested access to information on its users.
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Twitter on Monday released its second Transparency Report, which revealed governments' growing taste for what Twitter itself labels "invasive requests" for information.
Google has released its semi-annual Transparency Report, saying that it received more than 20,000 requests for user data in the first half of 2012 - a sign of greater government surveillance.