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Gov't and Internet companies reach deal on disclosure

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Some big Internet companies will now be revealing how often they are ordered to turn over customer information in national security investigations.

The Justice Department reached a compromise with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp.

The companies want to cut down on speculation about how they cooperate with government investigations.

The reporting will be very general and companies will have to wait six months before releasing the information about intelligence orders.

Other companies are expected to participate once it's approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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