Ever since the NSA’s PRISM program was revealed, the biggest tech companies have been begging the US government to let them disclose how many orders they received to give user data over to the government. Now they’ve finally struck a deal with the Department of Justice allowing them to make this information public. Companies that had filed motions to disclose the nature of both PRISM requests and national security letter requests included Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! Inc., Facebook and LinkedIn. Because these companies were so eager to share the nature of their relationship with the NSA under PRISM, and because the DOJ has agreed, I can’t imagine what we learn will be too shocking or dystopian. Nevertheless this perhaps shows that President Obama’s pledge for greater transparency in his recent speech on NSA reform was more than mere lip service. – Holmes [Source: Bloomberg]