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Tech giants including Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft are lining up behind legislation intended to curb the National Security Agency's ability to mine their data. The legislation, proposed by Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin, will make it easier for companies to be upfront about government data requests, the firms said in a joint statement. "Allowing companies to be transparent about the number and nature of requests will help the public better understand the facts about the government's authority to compel technology companies to disclose user data," they stated.

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