Claiming that "such information would be invaluable to our adversaries," the U.S. Department of Justice has denied the petition by technology giants Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook and LinkedIn from disclosing "more information about the frequency with which they are contacted by the U.S. government to give up user data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act."
Such information would be invaluable to our adversaries, who could thereby derive a clear picture of where the Governments surveillance efforts are directed and how its surveillance activities change over time, the brief said. If our adversaries know which platforms the Government does not surveil, they can communicate over those platforms when, for example, planning a terrorist attack or the theft of state secrets.
Google said in a statement today, Were disappointed that the Department of Justice opposed our petition for greater transparency around FISA requests for user information. We also believe more openness in the process is necessary since no one can fully see what the government has presented to the court.
And Microsoft: We will continue to press for additional transparency, which is critical to understanding the facts and having an informed debate about the right balance between personal privacy and national security.
|"Anything that you’re doing on your phone, Facebook is watching."|
|"Being anonymous in public might be a thing of the past."|
|U.S. Law Enforcement Does Not Want New Encryption Features on Apple's and Google's Smartphones|
|"Anne Frank was, in fact, a criminal."|
|"One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today."|
|“You become more difficult for an algorithm to understand, market to, or manipulate.”|
|"You could be targeted for ads for things you don’t even realize that you like."|
|"The machine had gotten inside the human’s head."|
|Smart Solar Panel Window Blinds|
|"The most automated warehouse of its kind"|
|"How will that impact human evolution going forward?"|
|"Maybe someone liked my stuff."|
|"Low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle."|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans|
|"The American auto industry will face a death spiral of epic proportions."|