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.
|I Know Where Your Cat Lives|
|Know What Terms of Service You're Agreeing To Without Reading Them|
|Canadian Man Arrested for Not Giving Smartphone Password to Canadian Border Official|
|"One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today."|
|"Fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business."|
|“The release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic.”|
|Nerf John Wick|
|"This very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age."|
|“There was not only automation but where the suggestion that humans had any control [...] was absent too.”|
|“One of the major concerns with asteroid mining is, of course, getting to the asteroids.”|
|"Most of what kids currently learn at school will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40."|
|“You can make spaceships much bigger than anything we’ve seen so far in history.”|
|Top 10 Reasons Men Are Scum|
|Loneliness is Not an Old Friend|
|“That glazed-over look a grandma has at a Vegas slot machine is the same look Facebook chases in its users scrolling the feed.”|
|“The use of AI assistants may dramatically accelerate and broaden what might be looked back on as a global period of cognitive decline.”|