Several tech companies want to clear up misconceptions on the sharing of user data with the government, but the US Justice Department is against revealing more information on its requests.

October 2, 2013 10:06 AM PDT

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The US government has no plans to provide more information on the requests it sends to tech companies for user data, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The US Justice Department told a secret surveillance court that it opposes a request from tech companies asking the court for the right to publish more detailed data on government spying demands, including statistics on the extent of the demands, according to initially sealed court documents.

The request was filed with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has not publicly ruled on the request.

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The companies that made the request includes Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

This stems from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of documents outlining the US government’s surveillance efforts.
The Justice Department wrote in its response that publishing the information would reveal too much to adversaries and hurt the government’s surveillance efforts.

Donna Tam
Donna Tam is a staff writer for CNET News and a native of San Francisco. She enjoys feasting, merrymaking, checking her Gmail, and reading on her Kindle. Before landing at CNET, she wrote for daily newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune, The Spokesman-Review, and the Eureka Times-Standard.

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