Apple, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Microsoft have been given the go-ahead in disclosing the details on orders and the data requests that they have received from the Foreign Intelligence Court.

This has come after these companies have sued the government for the right to declassify these numbers to the public.

In a statement released through Wall Street, both the Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, stated, “Through these new reporting methods, communications providers will be permitted to disclose more information than ever before to their customers. The office of the Director of National Intelligence…has determined that the public interest in disclosing this information now outweighs the national security concerns that required its classification.”

And so, with this ability to disclose information that was previously considered classified, the companies have agreed to drop their lawsuits as well.

And recently, Apple has already published a letter describing its relationship with the government as well as detailing the National Security Orders for data (249 in all) it has received from the government.

Apart from this, 927 law enforcement account requests for 2330 accounts and out of which it disclosed data on 747 accounts and objected to doing so 102 times.

Also, it did not reveal data on 254 specific accounts but did provide non-content data from 601 accounts. However, it did reveal data from 71 accounts with the percentage of data requests where they did disclose a certain amount was about 81%.


Mark Zuckerberg sent a clear message to every competitor since Evan Spiegel rejected his offer of $3 billion to buy SnapChat.

In response to the rejection, Zuckerberg said, “Our vision is to create a set of products that let our users share with any audience they want. Not everyone wants to share with all of their friends at once. A lot of the new growth we see is from giving people power to share with different, separate groups of people.”

So, with Spiegel’s stubbornness to sell out, Facebook has developed three products namely Instagram, Groups and Messenger to fight off SnapChat.

Not only has Facebook Messenger grown by 70 percent in the last three months but Facebook Groups has grown to almost 500 million users – now considered to be a ‘core product’ by Zuckerberg himself.

And then there’s Instagram, which introduced Instagram Direct giving its users control over the type of audience they can share each and every picture with.

But this isn’t stopping the growth that SnapChat is dealing with, and that is evidenced by the numbers – almost 400 million snaps are sent using the service everyday. The app allows people to see disappearing photos but also gives users complete control over who sees what on a daily basis.

Even though Instagram Direct has tried to replicate this, it has failed.

Probably the reason for SnapChat’s success is purely because of its lack of reliance on Facebook and the absence of parents on this application. Most people find their friends through their phone Contacts list.

It’s obvious that no one in their teens wants to share the internet with their parents, and which is what Zuckerberg is looking to deal with by separating Groups and Messenger from the app itself.


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