(The Hosting News) – Amid continuing fallout from the leaked revelation that the NSA was collecting records of citizens’ phone calls, a number of tech giants have united to address the White House regarding the issue.
According to a report from All Things D on Wednesday, companies including Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are asking the U.S. government to allow service providers to disclose security-related requests with “greater specificity.”
Also joining in the initiative was the i2Coalition, a group representing the web hosting community.
The companies want to be allowed to specifically reveal things like how many government requests for user info were made, the number of individuals the requests pertained to and more.
Providers like Google already disclose similar information in regular transparency reports.
“Basic information about how the government uses its various law enforcement–related investigative authorities has been published for years without any apparent disruption to criminal investigations,” emphasized the letter’s participants, according to All Things D. The publication obtained a copy.
The letter was reportedly set to be sent on Thursday. The government, meanwhile, has defended its NSA program on the basis that it properly safeguarded citizens’ rights and is used to protect against terrorism.