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Social Media Heavy Hitters Ask to Share Requests from the Feds
By: Jessica Cherok
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After it became known that the federal government was collecting user information from various Internet companies, many of the companies involved began asking the feds to allow them to share some of what had been requested. Last week, Facebook and Google filed a petition with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) requesting permission to share statistical information.

In addition to statistics, Facebook and Google have asked that the hearing be made public. Said Google in a recent post on its blog, “Given the important public policy issues at stake, we have also asked the court to hold its hearing in open rather than behind closed doors.”

Ever since the NSA's secret spying program became public, Internet companies like Google and Facebook have been trying to get more transparency from the feds. Their users are understandably outraged, and each company has wanted to release more information about what has been requested in order to assuage fears.

Following Google and Facebook’s petition, Yahoo also filed with the FISC.

As of last week, the government had not yet responded to the requests, or made any public statement as to whether or not the hearing will be held publicly.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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