The announcement comes after reports that the National Security Administration has been keeping surveillance on U.S. citizens through tech companies like Apple, Facebook (FB - Get Report) and Google (GOOG). Facebook and Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) recently shared the number of requests made by the U.S. government they received pertaining to customer data. Facebook said it received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests in the second half of 2012, while Microsoft received between 6,000 and 7,000 requests.
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-- Written by Brittany Umar.