Google files with secret court to obtain permission to report on two data sets

Google files with secret court to obtain permission to report on two data sets
In the never ending NSA PRISM sega, Google filed a motion with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) today claiming it has a First Amendment right to publish what it argues are non-classified data points.

Stating that its business has been harmed by inaccurate media reports and that its users are concerned about the allegations, Google seeks to be able to include more information in its transparency reports.

The first is to provide a “total number of [FISA] requests [Google] receives, if any.” That would take shape in a presumably similar fashion to the range of requests it received from the FBI in the form of National Security Letters, which Google is now allowed to acknowledge. However, the NSLs are tied to criminal activity whereas PRISM is, well everything.

The second data set is to publish “the total number of users or accounts encompassed within such reports” which, would again be similar to the company’s most recent filing where it was allowed to acknowledge the NSLs and the general scope of their intended targets.

The FISC approved every request it received from the government last year. However, Google’s filing arguably does nothing to reveal the true scope of investigative or surveillance activity. That said, the nature of preventing anyone from knowing what you are up to demands that revealing quantitative information be kept to a minimum.

sources: Google via Ars Technica

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9 Comments

1. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Good, I'm glad to see at least one tech company fighting back this madness.

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

"In the never ending NSA PRISM sega" Wow, Sega came out with a new gaming console? Where can I get me one of these NSA PRISMs? Seriously does spell check not exist anymore?

4. TBomb

Posts: 1487; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lol i thought that was funny. gave me a little giggle.

5. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

no need for spell check NSA and PRISM, both in all caps "spelled" corectly since they are acronyms NSA (national security Agency) PRISM (Publishing Requirements For Industry Standard Metadata) PRISM is a clandestine national security electronic surveillance program operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) since 2007.PRISM is a government codename for a data collection effort known officially as US-984XN. It is operated under the supervision of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

6. JerzeySniper

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

I think he was referring to the use of the word "Sega" when they obviously meant "Saga". Sega is now a video game software company they used to have video game consoles you know the sega master system sega Genesis the sega CD the game gear the nomad the sega dreamcast...*cant believe I actually owned all of those gaming consoles. Still remember buster douglas boxing game and altered beast. ...ahhh the classics. .

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Thanks, can't believe there's someone who hasn't heard of Sega. Smh

7. truth4dummies

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

They are just trying to save face.

8. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

From? They're not the ones asking for information, and they pride themselves on being clear and upfront about what they do with the information they gather from their consumers (which is tailoring ads to the user). If the government is asking for more detailed information at least it shows that not everyone is happy with that.

10. truth4dummies

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

...From people who can actually read between the lines and not be so gullible. A failed attempt if you ask me. ~shrugs

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