Tech Companies' Requests to Disclose Surveillance Denied by U.S. Department of Justice

#Privacy

Thu, Oct 3rd, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

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 Government’s 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, “We’re 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.”

  1039

 

You may also be interested in:

"A real-time surveillance machine that has been developed for online advertising is rapidly expanding into other fields."
“Messages sent with Apple’s encrypted chat service are 'impossible to intercept,' even with a warrant.”
“Only people with postgraduate levels of education could properly understand Instagram’s terms and conditions.”
"Everything about the world Orwell envisioned has become so obvious that one keeps running up against the novel's narrative shortcomings."
"The Internet of Things creates the perfect conditions to bolster and expand the surveillance state."