Apple joined Facebook and Microsoft Monday, as the latest tech firm to confirm details of United States' government requests to hand over data from its users' accounts and devices.
Those requests gathered information from between 9,000 and 10,000 Apple user accounts, some pertaining to national security.
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These kind of disclosures have been slowly trickling out from tech companies who say they have to clear any information they disclose to the government with the public.
The problem, according to lawyers at Apple, Twitter, Google, Facebook, is the government isn't allowing them to specify which requests are coming directly from the National Security Agency, or how many.
Twitter's legal counsel Benjamin Lee tweeted:
We agree with @Google: It's important to be able to publish numbers of national security requests—including FISA disclosures—separately.
— Benjamin Lee (@BenL) June 15, 2013
The companies say they want to provide some transparency about how their customers' data is being used, in the wake of recent revelations about the NSA PRISM surveillance program.
Apple's number of requests are in line with Facebook's disclosure that it also received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for user data over six months last year.
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