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Unknown Tech Company Fighting Back Against FBI's National Security Letter Gag Order

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Last year Twitter was willing to stand up to the feds when they tried to issue a so-called 2703(d) order to try to reveal info about some Wikileaks collaborators. A (d) order is like a warrant, but with fewer privacy protections, but Twitter fought hard to at least let users...
Unknown Tech Company Fighting Back Against FBI's National Security Letter Gag Order

Facebook asking U.S. government for permission to publish FISA data requests

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Facebook is reportedly in deep conversations with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations about letting Facebook release information about the number of data requests it receives associated with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and national security. According to All Things D’s sources, the parties are...
Facebook asking U.S. government for permission to publish FISA data requests
Larry Page & Google legal chief talk about the company's involvement in PRISM

Shocker: Court Says National Security Letters Are Unconstitutional, Bans Them

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Well here's a surprising (and important) bit of late-Friday-breaking news. A federal court has ruled that national security letters (NSLs) are unconstitutional, and banned their use. For years we've covered the use and abuse of NSLs, which basically allow law enforcement to demand (with almost no oversight) information from service...
Shocker: Court Says National Security Letters Are Unconstitutional, Bans Them

Justice Department Sues Telco For Daring To Challenge Its Secret Demands For Private Information

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The US Justice Department really does seem to be completely drunk with power these days. We've written before about how the FBI is famous for abusing the powers of "National Security Letters" (NSLs) that allow them to demand information from service providers, financial firms and the like -- with a...
Justice Department Sues Telco For Daring To Challenge Its Secret Demands For Private Information

iPhone developer EULA turns programmers into serfs

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published the Apple iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, a secretive document that requires its signatories to agree to a gag order on the terms of the deal. EFF got the agreement by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to NASA, who had signed onto...
iPhone developer EULA turns programmers into serfs

Google files free speech challenge to FISA gag orders, renews criticism of Guardian

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Google has asked a secret Washington court to declare that it has a right under the First Amendment to disclose the number of security letters it receives under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Such letters, which the government uses to obtain phone and internet data about foreign nationals, are currently subject to...
Google files free speech challenge to FISA gag orders, renews criticism of Guardian

Very Few Companies Fight Back Against Patriot Act Gag Orders

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A few years ago, when we wrote about Nicholas Merrill's successful fight to reveal that his ISP had been gagged by a "national security letter" (NSL) from the FBI, we noted that "For every Nicholas Merrill, you can bet that thousands of others just gave in and didn't put up...
Very Few Companies Fight Back Against Patriot Act Gag Orders

AT&T Threatens To Cut Off Phone Service For Guy Who Beat Them In Small Claims Court Over Throttling

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As you may have heard over the last couple months, AT&T has gone to war with customers who bought its "unlimited" data plans. While the company no longer offers such plans, existing users were grandfathered in. And they like those plans. AT&T, however, would prefer to move them over to...
AT&T Threatens To Cut Off Phone Service For Guy Who Beat Them In Small Claims Court Over Throttling

Google will fight secretive national security letters in court

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The FBI has sent out tens of thousands of "national security letters" (NSLs) in the years following the 9/11 attacks, under expanded authority given to the bureau by the PATRIOT Act. The letters nearly always come with a "gag order" preventing the recipient from even revealing the existence of...
Google will fight secretive national security letters in court
Google defies FBI, asks federal judge to challenge 'national security letters'

Secret warrant used to access WikiLeaks volunteer's Gmail account

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Newly revealed court documents from the Justice department's investigation of WikiLeaks show that the government issued a secret search warrant to Google in order to access all of the email belonging to Herbert Snorrason. He had "helped managed WikiLeaks' secure chat room in 2010," Wired reports, and presumably that...
Secret warrant used to access WikiLeaks volunteer's Gmail account

US Federal judge finds National Security Letters' gag provision unconstitutional

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Woo, boy. You know those National Security Letters that the FBI has been issuing at its own discretion -- the ones Google has been doing its best to track? Judge Susan Illston of Federal District Court in San Francisco just found 'em unconstitutional. As the story goes, NSLs arrive...
US Federal judge finds National Security Letters' gag provision unconstitutional

Top secret doc shows NSA demands Verizon hand over millions of phone records daily

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Today The Guardian published a secret order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to demand vast swaths of metadata from Verizon. The order, which specifies that Verizon hand over the information on an “ongoing, daily basis,” encompasses the phone records pertaining to...
Top secret doc shows NSA demands Verizon hand over millions of phone records daily

Just Like Google, Microsoft Formally Challenges Data Disclosure Gag Order

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Microsoft has filed a motion in the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking permission to publicly disclose information on requests received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. Previously, Facebook reached an agreement with the federal government to disclose its data requests from governmental agencies in aggregate. In a motion...
Just Like Google, Microsoft Formally Challenges Data Disclosure Gag Order
Google challenges US government's private data demand in court

"1984"-Style National Security Letters Ruled Unconstitutional

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The secretive, gag order-attached National Security Letters routinely sent by the FBI to tech firms and telecom providers have been ruled unconstitutional. The mysterious National Security Letters sent by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to Internet hosting companies, telecommunications providers, and data firms are one of the tech...
"1984"-Style National Security Letters Ruled Unconstitutional

Document Accidentally Filed Publicly Reveals Google Fighting Back Against Government Snooping

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For many years we've been highlighting how the federal government (mainly the FBI) has widely abused the "National Security Letter" (NSL) process to get information on American citizens with almost no oversight. Part of the issue is that NSLs include a complete gag order, barring recipients from telling anyone about...
Document Accidentally Filed Publicly Reveals Google Fighting Back Against Government Snooping

Google tried to resist FBI requests for data, but the FBI took it anyway

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Google tried to resist government requests to provide private information about its users. Google filed a petition in March 2013 resisting a national security letter (NSL) from the FBI demanding that it offer up private information about its users....
Google tried to resist FBI requests for data, but the FBI took it anyway

Court Filings Suggest Google Fighting Feds Over Megaupload Emails

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A pair of cryptic court filings surfaced in Virginia this week that suggest Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is in a fight with the federal government over Megaupload, the file-sharing site that was shut down in a dramatic raid in January. It appears that the FBI likely demanded that Google turn...
Court Filings Suggest Google Fighting Feds Over Megaupload Emails

Google fights FBI's warrantless data requests in federal court

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It's the first major company to challenge the FBI's warrantless data-gathering technique known as a National Security Letter, which authorizes a gag order ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. [Read more]...
Google fights FBI's warrantless data requests in federal court
Google Reveals Some Data About National Security Letters, May Have Exposed DOJ Duplicity

Why the Ad Tech Guys Are Going Nuts About Facebook Exchange, and Why That Matters

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This summer, Facebook launched its own ad exchange. If you’re in the ad tech world, that’s a really big deal. And the rest of you have probably never heard of it. That’s in part because Facebook itself hasn’t said much about it. It kept its partners under a tight gag...
Why the Ad Tech Guys Are Going Nuts About Facebook Exchange, and Why That Matters

Rackspace Sues Famed Patent Troll For Breach Of Contract

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Well, well. Rackspace, who has been successfully fighting back against a bunch of patent trolls lately, is fighting back again, and this time they're taking on one of the more notorious patent trolls out there: Erich Spangenberg. Rackspace explains a bunch of the details on their site, though it helps...
Rackspace Sues Famed Patent Troll For Breach Of Contract

Judge lifts gag order on online critic of McDonald's settlement

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A judge has reversed an order banning a Michigan man from criticizing a class action settlement on Facebook. A McDonald's restaurant in Dearborn, MI, allegedly advertised non-halal meat as halal, outraging Muslims who ate there. A class action lawsuit was filed, resulting in a settlement that would give money...
Judge lifts gag order on online critic of McDonald's settlement
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