“Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a new government compromise that will allow the Internet’s leading companies to disclose more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigation,” Jesse J. Holland reports or The Associated Press.

“The Justice Department on Monday reached agreements with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. that would allow them to disclose data on national security orders the companies have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” Holland reports. “While the compromise doesn’t allow companies to disclose everything they wished, and allows them to disclose more than the government originally wanted them to, both sides seemed relatively satisfied with the agreement filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has the final say.”

“The five companies welcomed the deal, but said more needs to be done. “We filed our lawsuits because we believe that the public has a right to know about the volume and types of national security requests we receive,” the companies said in a joint statement. ‘While this is a very positive step, we’ll continue to encourage Congress to take additional steps to address all of the reforms we believe are needed,'” Holland reports. “Apple said on its website, ‘We believe strongly that our customers have the right to understand how their personal information is being handled, and we are pleased the government has developed new rules that allow us to more accurately report law enforcement orders and national security orders in the U.S.'”

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