In Fight For Privacy, Google, Microsoft, And Apple Will Notify Users Of Government Subpoena Requests
According to the Washington Post, the three aforementioned companies will make it routine to notify users of data requests unless there’s a specific gag order or other legal restriction. For example, items requested by the FISA shadow court as well as National security letters (which are sent by the FBI in cases of national security) come with gag orders.
Edward Snowden (Credit: The Guardian)
Law enforcement officials are predictably not too happy about these developments and are worried that investigations will be slowed down and that suspects will get a heads-up when they’re being investigated.
Those seem like legitimate concerns, but these companies need to do something to push back against the U.S. government’s shady practices revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Perhaps that’s the wrong thing to push back against, but if nothing else, the government should consider these new policies as a protest.