Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Other Tech Companies Petition For PRISM Transparency

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Some of the largest tech companies have come together to send an open letter to President Obama and U.S. Congress to ask for transparency in regards to the NSA surveillance programs like PRISM.  The tech companies are not asking the surveillance programs to be ended, but they are asking the government to allow them to report information about what they are sharing.

The tech companies want to share:

– the number of government requests for information about their users

– the number of individuals, accounts, or devices where information was requested

– the number of requests that sought communications content, basic subscriber information, and other details

Technology companies have been criticized after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed documents that the government have the ability to tap into anyone’s phone without necessarily needing a warrant.  Some of the companies that have signed the petition include:



– Apple

– Center for Democracy and Technology

– Digg

– Dropbox


– Evoca


– Google

– LinkedIn

– Meetup

– Microsoft

– Mozilla

– Reddit

– Reports without Borders


– Tumblr

– Twitter

– Union Square Ventures

– Wikimedia Foundation

– Yahoo

– YouNow

– Y Combinator