Google say that they’ve been bombarded with requests from the US Government for information about certain users.
From January to June this year,Google has had 11,000 requests from the US government for information,which is 83% of Google’s requests for data.India was in second with,give or take,2,700 requests.
This is double the amount of requests made in 2009 with the same time set.
This information was shared on Google’s blog on Thursday,releasing four graphs.One of those graph — Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests — was completely censored.The US Government has not allowed companies to share requests related to national security.Meaning thay have something to hide…
“We believe it’s your right to know what kinds of requests and how many each government is making of us and other companies,” Google Legal Director Richard Salgado wrote in the blog on Thursday. “However, the US Department of Justice contends that US law does not allow us to share information about some national security requests that we might receive. Specifically, the U.S. government argues that we cannot share information about the requests we receive (if any) under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But you deserve to know.”
Ever since former NSA worker Edward Snowden released information about the US government alleged spying activities,the FISA has become a hot topic.The FISA has stopped technology companies, like Google, from sharing what kind of requests they’ve got. Again…they’ve got something to hide!
The ACLU(American Civil Liberties Union) made a statement on Thursday by the organization’s legislative counsel Christopher Calabrese where he made clear that he wasn’t very happy of what Google had done…
Law enforcement requests to Google have tripled in four years but we’re still stuck with the same internet privacy law we had in 1986. If police need a warrant to open someone’s mail than they should need one to rifle through someone’s email, regardless of its age or if it’s stored on a company’s server. It’s time Congress and the president updated (the) Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) so there’s only one standard for government access to the content of our electronic communications: a warrant based upon probable cause. Anything less is indefensible.
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