The federal government and some of Silicon Valley's biggest names have hatched at least one new agreement, following President Obama'son the way for the National Security Agency.
Since the revelations about the NSA's surveillance methods started pouring out last June, tech giants have been quick to distance themselves as willing accomplices.
One of the increasingly utilized methods has been to publish () transparency reports about requests for data from government and law enforcement agencies.
But anyone reading these reports have noticed at least one common thread: there's still a lot behind held back.
This varies from country to country where these corporations do business.
In the United States, tech companies have had some stringent guidelines, starting with offering more approximate guidance versus just offering.
However, those transparency reports might be beefed up the next time around based on a report from the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
According to the report, the companies involved (Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo) will be able to reveal more "aggregate data" about the government requests.
The deal between these companies and the U.S. Department of Justice is said to be still pending as it requires approval from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge.
Internet users shouldn't expect any exact details, and it's unclear how pleasing or reassuring these new measures might be at all.
Some of the proposed resolutions are said to include "specific number ranges, in increments of 250 requests," -- albeit with the possible caveat that companies would need to consolidate categories, likely to cloak the nature of some requests for various reasons.
The DOJ followed up with a more detailed memo on Monday: