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) and Google ( GOOG). Facebook and Microsoft ( MSFT) 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.
Brittany joined TheStreet.com TV in November 2006 after completing a degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers College. Previously, Brittany interned at the local ABC affiliate in New York City WABC-TV 7 where she helped research and produce On Your Side, a popular consumer advocacy segment.

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