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Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Facebook and Yahoo have petitioned the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for permission to reveal how many personal data requests are made by the government, joining Google and Microsoft in taking a stand against secret snooping. The new suits, which join an amended Google transparency petition the search engine filed today, see Facebook and Yahoo voice concerns that they are unable to give any greater detail on what user information is disclosed in the name of national security than the raw overall numbers.

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Yahoo releases first transparency report, details government-originating requests

Yahoo releases first transparency report, details government-originating requests

The topic of government intrusion into the public's privacy via the technological underpinning of modern life has been a frequent headline this year, and as more information surfaced many tech companies felt the pressure from their users. Yahoo! has been vocal about its opposition to government intrusion, and today has announced its first transparency report complete with government data request numbers.

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Google and Microsoft sue US government over FISA transparency

Google and Microsoft sue US government over FISA transparency

Google and Microsoft have sued the US government for the freedom to disclose FISA data surveillance requests, after demands from the two companies to reveal to users when the NSA requests information went unmet. "We believe we have a clear right under the U.S. Constitution to share more information with the public" Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president of legal and corporate affairs, wrote today, describing how while Google and Microsoft may often be seen as enemies, "today our two companies stand together."

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Obama promises NSA reform and increased transparency

Obama promises NSA reform and increased transparency

President Obama recently announced surveillance reforms and while he made it clear that he doesn't believe Edward Snowden was a patriot, we suspect some supporters may take this as somewhat of a win. Or at the very least, a partial win. During the conference Obama spoke about how people have the right to ask about surveillance, noting that it is not enough for him as president to have confidence in these programs.

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Google Transparency Report expands: malware and phishing on tap

Google Transparency Report expands: malware and phishing on tap

The team at Google's Transparency department have brought on a new level of threat reporting - massive amounts of phishing and malware-infected sites from across the web. This newest Google Transparency Report is being laid bare this week with a cool 67,909 compromised sites tracked by the company in mid-June, showing an interesting cross-section of ups and downs over the past six years.

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Google requests permission to publish FISA requests in Transparency Report

Google requests permission to publish FISA requests in Transparency Report

In case you've somehow missed all the hoopla, the Internet has been in various states of uproar over PRISM and the allegations that several major companies give the government unrestricted access to their servers. Apple, Google, and others have been vocal about such statements, saying they are not true, but that has not stymied the uproar. As such, Google has formally requested permission to reveal FISA requests in its Transparency Report.

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Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter released its second transparency report, and this one focuses on the second half of 2012, while the first report focused on the first half. The report highlights the number of information requests, government removal requests, and copyright takedown notices that Twitter received throughout the year. In total, the social media service received 1,858 information requests, 46 removal requests by the government, and a whopping 6,646 copyright takedown notices.

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Twitter copyright policy change promises “transparency” through censorship

Twitter copyright policy change promises “transparency” through censorship

Twitter has prompted user confusion by implementing a new copyright policy that censors contentious tweets rather than deleting them altogether, a shift that the microblogging service argues is more transparent. According to Twitter's legal policy chief, Jeremy Kessel, the change offers "more transparency by processing copyright reports by withholding Tweets, not removing," though some users have still criticized the approach for  potentially censoring first and investigating second.

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