The U.S. Justice Department agreed to relax its gag order on certain types of data requests. Companies will now be able to broadly publicize how much customer information they are required to turn over to the government. However, both companies and privacy advocates think the concessions fall short. While the new policy allows companies to report on national security letters and requests from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”), they can only disclose the volume in wide numerical ranges, leading to a less detailed and reliable report.

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Meg Burton is a Legal Fellow at Stream Industry. She is a member of the State Bar of California. In law school, she served as an Associate on the Federal Communications Law Journal. She writes about the areas of Communications and Telecommunications Law.

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