Actually it seems that they are being compelled to be a bit less than truthful e.g. must be aggregated with all LE requests, only for a specific 6 month period, only reported in bands of 1000's.
Except that when police DO investigate stolen phones, they are often lead to the homes of thieves that have LOTS of stolen goods and bust of major theft rings and even a child porn ring. It's like crack, steal a few phones with low risk of being caught (despite good tech to do so) leads to more theft.
So in others words BIG TECH wants the same illusion of free markets as BIG PHARMA, BIG TELECOM and BIG BANKING. They've figured out how to rig the market in ways that allow them to maximize profit and minimize the ability of customers and employees to employe market forces for real
We start to see the mythical benefits of "deregulation". With real competition, a real free market, consumers win. Too many industries that claim they are operating in a free market are really extracting maximum profits from a "fixed" free market.
Finally, a judge with the cojones to try to stop the United States' slow slide towards a police state. A bit disappointing to see that he left them weasel room. Far too many 3 letter folks operating unchallenged like The Inquisition.
Watch Microsoft duplicate ^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h innovate a walled garden based around a mobile operating systems, tablets, phones, apps and DRM infested content, including textbooks
Or when you have right leaners who empower bad cops by crafting laws that circumvent constitutional freedoms in the name of security
But Sun/Oracle will fight back and cost $$$, So 1. Attack small organizations who cant afford to fight back 2. cite their capitulation as "evidence" of the validity of their patent. 3. "License" the IP to small vendors 4. Profit
Embrace, extend, extingu... oops, wrong evil empire
OTOH Google has demonstrated a willingness to filter/block content for some countries. If its in their commercial interest would they blackhole sonme sights?
Or maybe we should make H1B much more costly, thereby increasing the incentive to hire US labor. (Yeah, I know then they just outsource the whole project to a foreign country)