Under the influence of public pressure, the companies Facebook and Microsoft opened the figures related to the issuance of requests for information from the U.S. government.
The publication of the company should be in the background of how the U.S. government erupted around the scandal involving the government closed by PRISM data collection.
Noteworthy is the fact that Google has joined the initiative Facebook and Microsoft, to disclose similar information to the public.
According to published data on Friday evening, the company Facebook has received from the U.S. government in the second half of 2012, nearly 10,000 requests for the issuance of data about users. This number includes requests from the U.S. local and federal authorities, as well as state governments. There are those in the classified requests made by the U.S. secret services. Following Facebook, Microsoft announced that it had received about 7,000 similar requests in the second half of 2012.
In corporate blogs of the companies it is spoken that no Facebook, no Google were not satisfied with the level of detail that gave the U.S. government agencies when requested data from companies, as both companies say they are accountable to the public and in the case of such requests they simply had nothing to say to the users. In addition, Microsoft acknowledged that passed U.S. intelligence data on citizens outside the United States.
Both companies say that now it is impossible to determine exactly how many requests came from an agency, as detailed statistics has not yet been conducted. However, both the company says that the requests from the NSA and the CIA were there.
As Google says that the company has not published the data requested, as they consider it “necessary to distinguish between different government requests.” Thus, among the queries have to be confidential related to national security, and the routine is related to taxes, and other criminal offenses. In Google said that these requests are different in the degree of secrecy and the level of significance, and thus integrate them into a single category is inappropriate.
The press service of Google have said they are preparing a report on such requests, but do not plan to bring all government inquiries into the same category.
In turn, Facebook said only the second half of 2012, the U.S. government gave requests for about 19,000 users on the network, which is less than 0.01% of the total user base network. In Microsoft said that the requests were associated with about 30,000 of their users.