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Tech Firms Share New Data About NSA Spying

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  February 4, 2014


Tags: Edward Snowden, Facebook, Google, hosting companies, Hostwinds, NSA, security, spying, United States, Yahoo 

A group of major technology firms has released new data regarding how often "secret national security" investigators made requests to surrender "_customer information_, "according to an article published on the Boston.com website. The article indicates that this data includes "_figures that show that the government collected data on thousands of Americans._" Large technology companies including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have provided documentation with "_expanded details_, "according to the report.

The article states that "_some vented criticism about the government's handling of customers' Internet data in counter-terrorism and other intelligence-related probes._" Data from the years 2012 and 2013 indicated that Google and Microsoft were "_compelled by the government to provide information on as many as 10,000 customer accounts in six months_", as the article reports. The report continues to outline that technology giant Yahoo "_complied with government requests for information on more than 40,000 accounts in the same period._"

These technology companies quickly responded to customer concerns by outlining in detail that only a tiny amount of their customer base was "_targeted by authorities_" but, as the article states, this data still indicates that "_thousands of Americans were affected by the government requests approved by judges of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court._."

Read much more about this data and how these significant firms deal with the outcry from their customers in the full article at Boston.com.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  February 4, 2014

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