Google Petitions Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to Disclose Number of Government Data Requests
The sultan of search filed a motion this week seeking "declaratory judgment" that the 1st Amendment gives it and other tech companies the right provide users detailed information about national security requests, and also to reveal how many of its users are affected by those numbers.
"Google's reputation and business has been harmed by the false or misleading reports in the media, and Google's users are concerned by the allegations," the filing reads. "Google must respond to such claims with more than generalities."
Google and eight other tech companies came under scrutiny when leaked slides of the NSA's super secret PRISM program came to light. The program, which costs taxpayers $20 million per year, allows the U.S. government to harvest a wide variety of user data, including Skype logs, emails, videos, photographs, cell phone records, and much more.