20 Jul 2013

Tech companies want to give more details about security requests

8:45 pm on 20 July 2013

Apple, Google and other technology companies want to be allowed to divulge more details about security requests.

They want to be able to report regular statistics about the nature and scope of what data is being asked for.

The BBC reports disclosures by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden about US spying capabilities have left tech firms keen to assert their independence.

The companies sent a letter outlining their request on Thursday to National Security Agency director General Keith Alexander, as well as President Barack Obama and Congress.

It was co-signed by Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The BBC reports companies are currently allowed to release limited data regarding security requests and their nature, but such disclosures are limited in scope and in many cases require the companies to ask the courts for permission.