Skip to comments.Google Challenges U.S. Gag Order, Citing First Amendment
Posted on 06/18/2013 1:29:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests it makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information its forced to give the government.
The legal filing, which cites the First Amendments guarantee of free speech, is the latest move by the California-based tech giant to protect its reputation in the aftermath of news reports about sweeping National Security Agency surveillance of Internet traffic.
Google, one of nine companies named in NSA documents as providing information to the top-secret PRISM program, has demanded that U.S. officials give it more leeway to describe the companys relationship with the government. Google and the other companies involved have sought to reassure users that their privacy is being protected from unwarranted intrusions.
In the petition, Google is seeking permission to publish the total numbers of requests the court makes of the company and the numbers of user accounts they affect. The company long has made regular reports with regard to other data demands from the U.S. government and from other governments worldwide.
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They know Snowden has A LOT more to release about them.
Yep. Time for damage control.
losing business for it’s sneaky business
Wouldn’t they need government approval to file this in the first place?
Has the government charged Snowden yet?
Trying to improve their tarnished image. Stool pigeons.
To my knowledge, no. They seem to be having a hard time getting a handle on just how much he took, which is interesting.
I think Snowden has this administration shared shiftless (misspelled on purpose).
well, shared shb scared...
I’m curious how the government would go about enforcing such a gag order.
How do you throw a corporation in jail? And if they prosecuted, they’d have to defend the charges in court. Which would pretty much eliminate any secrecy. Not to mention giving Google the opportunity to go discovery fishing.
And still ... FreeRepublic.com allows/uses Google-Analytics.
Why that’s easy, they’d hold the trial in a secret court with no right to use classified evidence in your defense. The American way!
Right now, G00gle is fighting its negative image as a spying stooge of the administration. Any perception that they are not in cahoots helps their PR.
Shoulda stuck with “Don’t be evil” or whatever that tagline was they quickly abandoned when they went bigtime...
Use Firefox, and install the NoScript add-on. Then, block google-analytics.com.
Google “Do No Harm” commies trying to cover their complicity in treason. Don’t worry, Page, we have plenty of lampposts and won’t run short.
If it's FORCED; it ain't GIVEN...
Heck - we gotta SEARCH function!
(Lame; but we GOT one!)
PR campaign tactic.
They are partners as mandated by law to the NSARaand other alphabet agencies.
They are wed to the government as a matter of their business plan.
They are in league with them as a matter of ideology their