The Washington Post reports the Justice Department has agreed to relax its long-standing gag order on certain types of data requests made to companies, allowing them for the first time to publicize — in broad terms — how much customer information they must turn over to the government, U.S. officials announced Monday. The move amounts to a modest victory for technology companies that waged a legal battle for the right to disclose more information about their obligations under government surveillance programs. The new policy will allow companies to report on national security letters — a form of administrative subpoena — as well as on requests from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). But they will be permitted to disclose the volume of requests only in wide numerical ranges. Previously, companies were prohibited from acknowledging that they received such requests.