Facebook among tech firms battling gag orders over government surveillance

"“Twitter wants to be able to report the precise number so that users understand it’s not a continuing stream of hundreds of accounts being monitored,” said Albert Gidari, director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

“The government is plainly over-enthusiastic with gag orders,” said Gidari, adding that in many cases the government backed down when challenged.
 
Legal battles from large internet service providers have helped to reduce the stealthy data pillage, he said, but not all service providers have the resources to challenge the government.
 
“You never want to impugn the motives of law enforcement but there are many cases where law enforcement has used these requests improperly,” said Gidari."