To regain the confidence of their customers/subscribers IT giants are pushing the US to let them reveal more about security requests they receive and what they do with them.
They have all denied the government has direct access to their servers so as to track real time internet communications -- emails, chat, video -- flowing through them. In a letter to the US attorney general Eric Holder and FBI director Robert Mueller, Google on Tuesday sought the government’s permission to reveal more about national security requests saying, “Google has worked tremendously hard over the past fifteen years to earn our users’ trust.”
The letter, made public by the company, was followed by similar statements from Microsoft, Face-book and Yahoo. Initial reports on the US government’s phone and internet surveillance programmes gave the impression the companies had literally conceded direct access to their servers. Google, Facebook denied that strenuously.