Are you afraid the government might be spying on you? Well, you are certainly not the only one, but from now on, you could rest a little easier knowing that you have good allies on your side. According to new information, Apple has joined a group of tech giants in the United States that support the efforts of civil liberties groups calling upon the White House and Congress to increase transparency of the National Security Agency programs.
The tech companies that have pledged their faith to the cause are Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Twitter and they all signed a letter to the FBI and President Obama in which they ask for more information to become available about the NSAâ€™s business and data requests.
"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. We seek permission for the same information to be made available regarding the governmentâ€™s national security-related authorities.â€
The companies receive annually a lot of such requests from the Government and lately bad publicity in this sector has affected their public image. The giants donâ€™t want to be perceived as if offering direct disclosure of private user information to the Government, as has been suggested they do via their intelligence system entitled PRISM.
Basically, the tech companies are asking for the right to disclose how many such requests they get from the government and how many individuals, user accounts of individual devices are subjected to the process of revealing communication content, subscriber private information and so on. They also petitioned the Government to release its own report of "the total number of requests under specific authorities for specific types of data, and the number of individuals affected by each."