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FB, Google Get Limited Disclosure Approval


The Government has agreed to let Facebook and other web companies publish some details about the number of surveillance requests it has received.

Facebook has already posted their numbers. For the last six months of 2012, it received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for user data pertaining to 18,000 to 19,000 of user accounts. This includes requests from all government entities in the U.S. (local, state, and federal, and including criminal and national security-related requests)

Here is Facebook's statement on the release. What's allowed to be disclosed: [More...]

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