SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS Google and Facebook have asked the US FISA court for permission to reveal more about US government authorities' snooping in their transparency reports.
Google submitted a petition to the court on Monday. In it Google asked for permission to report more information about US national security data demands.
This was not its only request, as the search firm also asked the court and US national security agencies to be more open. It is an amended request, according to the introductory post from Google.
"This petition mirrors the requests made to Congress and the President by our industry and civil liberties groups in a letter earlier this year. Namely, that Google be allowed to publish detailed statistics about the types (if any) of national security requests we receive under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including Section 702," it said.
"Given the important public policy issues at stake, we have also asked the court to hold its hearing in open rather than behind closed doors. It's time for more transparency."
Google said it was not alone in making the petition, and Facebook has joined Google with its own statement on the subject.
"The actions and statements of the US government have not adequately addressed the concerns of people around the world about whether their information is safe and secure with internet companies," Facebook said.
"We believe there is more information that the public deserves to know, and that would help foster an informed debate about whether government security programmes adequately balance privacy interests when attempting to keep the public safe."
All of the firms have complained that they are constrained from reporting data about US national security requests, and have said as much in their transparency reports. Yahoo released its first such report this month and it too reported that it was not presenting a full picture. µ
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