Google filed legal papers with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday in an attempt to provide the American public with more knowledge about the government’s ongoing requests for personal data.
Following whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks of National Security Agency documents pointing to mass online surveillance, both Facebook and Microsoft have released details on the number of legal orders made to them by the NSA.
The FBI greatly expanded data sharing requests under the controversial Section 215 of the Patriot Act when tech firms tried to resist the bureau’s better-known National Security Letters. The requests may have blanketed millions of records.
Justice Department officials have reportedly begun the process of charging Edward Snowden with leaking classified National Security Agency documents that reveal how the government accesses the phone and online data belonging to millions of Americans.
In response to allegations of mass online surveillance tech giants including Microsoft, Facebook and Google have all requested changes that would allow for greater transparency regarding the government's FISA requests for their user data.
We know of the NSA’s domestic telecom and internet surveillance programs today not because of the efforts of Congress and esteemed Senators like Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO), but instead thanks to brave whistleblowers.