Google Seeks Permission to Publish Number of NSA Requests
Google sent a letter today to AG Eric Holder and the FBI seeking permission to disclose the number of national security and FISA requests it has received, the types of data covered by the requests, and the number of user accounts affected by the requests.
We therefore ask you to help make it possible for Google to publish in our Transparency Report aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures—in terms of both the number we receive and their scope. Google’s numbers would clearly show that our compliance with these requests falls far short of the claims being made. Google has nothing to hide.
The letter references the permission it received in March to publish this information about National Security Letters.
Most reaction from media and privacy groups seems to be positive. But Christopher Soghoian tweets:
If Google's FISA numbers are shockingly high, asking for permission to publish if they know it won't be given would be a very savvy move.
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