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US data request details revealed

Facebook and Microsoft have revealed details of the number of user data requests they received from US government entities in the second half of 2012. The firms disclosed the data after a deal was reached with US national security authorities.

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Internet firms to disclose some US surveillance details

Several internet companies have struck an agreement with the US government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they have received from them, Reuters reported citing sources familiar with the discussions.

The companies are expected to release details without revealing how many requests originates from a controversial National Security Agency programme that was intended to gather intelligence about non-US residents, the sources added.

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