Last week, the US government reached an agreement with some of the country’s big tech companies to allow them to be more transparent about the nature of the national security requests they receive from intelligence agencies. Now today, companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Apple have made good on the agreement, reporting how many national security letter requests and how many FISA requests they’ve received over various periods of time (Google’s report goes all the way back to 2009 while Yahoo’s only goes back to January 2013).
Between January and June of 2013, the most recent timeframe, no company received more than 1000 content requests or more than 1000 non-content requests either as FISA requests or as National Security Letter request. Unfortunately that’s as precise as the data gets, but the numbers become less vague if you look at the number of “accounts covered” by the requests. For example, Facebook received requests that covered between 5,000 and 5,999 accounts between January and June 2013, but in the same timeframe Yahoo received requests that covered 30,000 to 30,999 accounts.