29 Jan '14, 5pm

Tech Giants' NSA Deal Leaves Start-Ups in the Shadows

Tech Giants' NSA Deal Leaves Start-Ups in the Shadows

A group of U.S. technology giants has struck a deal with the Obama administration that allows the companies to disclose more details on customer data turned over to government agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). But the fine print in the agreement leaves smaller companies such as start-ups with greater restrictions on when they can publicly reveal national security data requests for their users' data. Before the new agreement, companies were prohibited by law from disclosing any information on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders requiring them to turn over customer data. The companies were allowed to disclose only the number of National Security Letters, which are issued primarily by the FBI independent of the legal court system, but not the more controversial FISA warrants. This restriction led...

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