Apple is reportedly teaming up with Google, Facebook, Microsoft and a number of other tech companies that will demand dramatically increased transparency from the US government regarding surveillance by the NSA and other agencies.

In a letter to be published tomorrow, the alliance—which includes 63 companies, investors, and non-profit orgs—will call upon President Obama and congressional leaders to allow them to report more specifically on security requests…

AllThingsD has obtained a copy of the letter and posted the following excerpt:

“Basic information about how the government uses its various law enforcement–related investigative authorities has been published for years without any apparent disruption to criminal investigations,” a copy of the letter obtained by AllThingsD reads. “We seek permission for the same information to be made available regarding the government’s national security–related authorities. … Just as the United States has long been an innovator when it comes to the Internet and products and services that rely upon the Internet, so too should it be an innovator when it comes to creating mechanisms to ensure that government is transparent, accountable, and respectful of civil liberties and human rights.”

Specifically, the companies are asking that they be allowed to report the number of government requests for info on their users and of individuals, accounts, or devices. They are also asking that the government issue its own request report.

As the site notes, this is easily the largest push we’ve seen for greater government disclosure of digital communications monitoring since a slew of slide leaks regarding a secret PRISM program exposed the National Security Agency’s capabilities.

Apple was one of the 12 companies listed on the slide as a ‘willing participant’ in the PRISM program, but has said that it doesn’t provide any government agency with direct access to its servers, and any requests for its info must be court-ordered.

  • seyss

    way to say “omg we are victims we had to lie about all the spying”

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    we need more people like snowden

    • Kurt

      Definitely a hero

  • Tender Vittles

    If you didn’t know your government was spying on you, you’re more of a sheep than any fanboy could ever be.

    • n0ahcruz3


    • Eric 420

      we have always “known” but now we actually KNOW. There is a big difference.

  • n0ahcruz3

    You want the government to not spy on you? Cut all your internet connection mobile phones laptops, dont access Facebook, google searches. This baffles me actually people complained about spying in fact on facebook alot of people are making status updates about what are they currently doing or checks in on places.

    • Eric 420

      Or just get a VPN privateinternetacces dot com has great VPN service, browse anonymously and securely. For only $3.33 a month. Snowden FTW!

      • EpicFacepalm

        Actually a VPN can be a privacy problem. Choose VPNs wisely, especially make sure that it is outside of USA and Germany.

      • Eric 420

        You do have to choose VPNs wisely. Like choose VPNs that do not store logs. And dont use VPNs that are “Free” nothing in life is free and more than likely they are selling your info somehow. privateinternetaccess dot com does not store logs.

      • EpicFacepalm

        Any VPN which is located in US is not safe simply because of the government rules. Remember HMA?

    • Kurt

      Cable boxes, since 1990ish, have had microphones in them. Alex Jones has opened one up on air to show the microphone.

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  • Antzboogie

    I happy we are taking a stand against this spying bs.

  • bobby

    The NSA is the only branch of the government that listens to us.

  • bobby

    This is SO great!