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  • Twitter fights for disclosure of national security letters

    Twitter fights for disclosure of national security letters

    Twitter is fighting to disclose how many times the government has secretly accessed its users’ data — and a judge may soon allow the company to do so. Twitter’s fight has been ongoing since 2014, and the company recently saw progress when it was allowed to publish two national security letters. The government uses national security letters (NSLs) to extract user data from… Read More

  • Twitter releases national security letters

    Twitter releases national security letters

    Over the last eight months, tech companies have slowly been revealing that they’ve received national security letters from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that force the firms to secretly disclose user data to the government. Today, Twitter joined the ranks of Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google by announcing it had received two national security letters, one in 2015 and one in 2016. The… Read More

  • Cloudflare explains how FBI gag order impacted business

    Cloudflare explains how FBI gag order impacted business

    Cloudflare issued its biannual transparency report yesterday, detailing the government requests for user data it received during the latter half of 2016. Many tech companies make regular disclosures about these types of requests in an effort to be more transparent with their users, and, following the passage of the USA Freedom Act, more and more of these disclosures include national… Read More

  • Google just published eight National Security Letters

    Google just published eight National Security Letters

    Google dropped a single National Security Letter into its most recent transparency report without much fanfare, but today the company published eight more NSLs in an attempt to shed more light on government surveillance of Google users. The eight letters published today were sent to Google from FBI offices across the country. Cumulatively, the NSLs seek broad access to content for around 20… Read More

  • Yahoo releases transparency report in wake of spying revelations

    Yahoo releases transparency report in wake of spying revelations

    Yahoo released its semiannual transparency report today, the first issued by the company since Reuters revealed earlier this month that Yahoo scanned its users’ email accounts at the behest of the U.S. government. In an effort to inform consumers about how frequently the government snoops on their information, and how often companies are able to narrow or refuse the requests, Yahoo… Read More

  • Google’s latest Transparency Report sets more records in government request numbers

    Google’s latest Transparency Report sets more records in government request numbers

    Google has added the data from the first half of 2016 to its ongoing Transparency Report page, and the changes are pretty much what you’d expect: more requests. Some frivolous, some legit, some top secret. Read More

  • Twitter’s new transparency report is disclosure done right

    Twitter’s new transparency report is disclosure done right

    It’s common practice these days for companies that hold significant amounts of user data to publish transparency reports. Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Slack all put out their numbers on a regular basis, breaking down government requests for user data by country and type (platforms typically receive requests for law enforcement investigations, as well as copyright takedowns and other… Read More

  • Airbnb releases first transparency report on government requests for user data

    Airbnb releases first transparency report on government requests for user data

    Airbnb received 188 requests for users’ data from governments around the world in the first six months of this year, according to the company’s first-ever transparency report. The home-sharing company provided data in response to 82 of those requests. Airbnb is publishing a transparency report as part of its Community Compact, an initiative to make the company more transparent to… Read More

  • Google’s latest transparency report shows record government data requests

    Google’s latest transparency report shows record government data requests

    Google saw a record number of data requests from law enforcement agencies worldwide during the second half of 2015 as the request total passed the 40,000 mark for the first time. That’s up from 35,365 in the first half of the year and 30,140 one year previous, according to the tech giant’s latest transparency report. Read More