Facebook and Yahoo join call for more government transparency in new lawsuits

Facebook and Yahoo have become the latest tech companies to ask the FISA court for permission to publish more detailed data on the governments requests for user information. In separate posts on their respective sites, the two companies announced that they had filed petitions similar to those already put forward by Google and Microsoft. “In recent weeks, it has become clear that the dialogue with the US government that produced some additional transparency at the outset is at this point unlikely to result in more progress,” wrote Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch. Google has also submitted an amended version of its lawsuit, and it notes that it’s one of the companies meeting with Obama’s surveillance review panel.

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