After allegations from a whistleblower that the U.S. government has been monitoring citizens' phone records, technology companies have begun insisting loudly that they cooperated as little as possible with the program.
An early report said the government program, called Prism, gave the government direct access to various companies' servers. This turned out to be false, but the National Security Agency did receive daily reports on Americans' phone, email and internet records from companies like Google, Verizon and Facebook.
While the tech companies first specifically denied the "direct access" allegation, they are now apparently in a campaign to out-transparency each other, asking the government for permission to tell the public just how little they all told the government.
See the story at CNN.