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Snowden leaks prompt tech firms to tout privacy, transparency policies

Jaikumar Vijayan | May 19, 2014
Several tech companies have revamped privacy and transparency policies since revelations in leaked National Security Agency (NSA) documents showed that the U.S. was secretly collecting customer data from Internet Service Providers, telecommunications companies and others.

In public comments, officials at Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other vendors have insisted that any information sharing that might have occurred with the government was unwilling and legally obligated. They have noted that the only circumstances under which they provided customer data to the government is when they have been served with a court order or a legally enforceable request.

Many of these companies have also demanded that the U.S. government allow them to provide even more details about requests they get from the NSA and other agencies for access to customer data.


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