Apple, Google, Facebook To Notify Users Of Government Data Requests

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Apple, Google, Facebook To Notify Users Of Government Data Requests
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Tech giants Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are going to end the practice of reluctantly complying with the government’s requests for user data. The tech giants said that they will update their policies to more routinely inform users of such data requests. The defiant companies said their users have the right to know in advance when federal authorities are trying to spy on them.

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However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) and others won’t inform users if a government data request is specifically gagged by a judge or another competent legal authority. Every year, government agencies scan Internet data of tens of thousands of U.S. users. Prosecutors have warned that such a move from companies would undermine cases by tipping off criminals and giving them enough time to destroy the electronic evidence, reports The Washington Post.