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Larsen co-sponsors Government Surveillance Transparency Act

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Larsen co-sponsors Government Surveillance Transparency Act

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Second District Congressman Rick Larsen is co-sponsoring a bill that would increase transparency for government electronic surveillance.

Right now private companies are forbidden from telling their customers or the public about any government data surveillance requests.

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The Government Surveillance Transparency Act would allow for companies to publish ‘transparency reports’ every 90 days.

The reports would publicly disclose the amount and type of information the NSA and other intelligence agencies required them to turn over.

Tech companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook have asked the federal government for permission to share more information about requests from the NSA.