On January 27, the Department of Justice announced an agreement with Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other technology companies that will permit them to disclose more information than previously allowed about government surveillance requests targeting their users. The change comes in response to lawsuits filed by the companies seeking greater disclosure in the wake of the public relations fallout from media reports of their role in surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency.
The Constitution Project believes the agreement represents a significant step that will give social networking and internet service providers some long-sought freedom to communicate more openly with their customers. Although the government still has not allowed the degree of openness that the companies initially sought in their motions before the FISC, we agree with the companies involved that this is a welcome starting point for more reform.
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