Gov't, Internet companies reach deal on disclosure

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2014 at 2:15 am •  Published: January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a government compromise that will allow the Internet's leading companies to reveal more information about how often they turn over customer information to the government.

The Justice Department on Monday reached agreements with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. to allow them to disclose data on national security orders the companies have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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. The companies are asking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to dismiss their court complaints because of the deal.

The companies said they would still press Congress to do more.