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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and LinkedIn Petition FISA Court for Greater Transparency Re: National Security Requests

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09/17/2013

Five prominent online companies have filed petitions with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in an attempt to improve transparency with users.

Google, Facebook, MicrosoftYahoo and LinkedIn have filed petitions which request that the US government allow the companies to publish, in detail, the types of national security requests they have received under the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Google & Yahoo Request:

  • FISA orders based on probable cause (Titles I and III of FISA, and sections 703 and 704)
  • Section 702 of FISA
  • FISA Section 12 Business Records (Title V of FISA)
  • FISA Pen Register/Trap and Trace (Title IY of FISA)

Facebook Requests:

  • The total number of FISA court orders it has received during a 6 month period, if any, under specific FISA authorities, such as:
    • Physical Search Orders
    • Business Record Orders
    • Wiretap and Pen Register/Trap and Trace orders
  • The total number of user accounts specified in such FISA orders
  • The total number of Directives it has received during the period  under 18 U.S.C. § 1881a, if any
  • The total number of user accounts specified under such directives
  • The number of requests that called for content of communications versus those that called for transaction or subscriber information

Microsoft Requests:

  • The number of orders and/ or directives (if any) received that require the production of only non-content data, and the number of accounts affected by any such orders and/or directives
  • The total number of orders and/ or directives (if any) received that require the production of content and non-content data, and the number of accounts affected by any such orders and/ or directives (together, the “Aggregate Data”)

LinkedIn Requests:

  • The total number of compulsory requests it has received pursuant to FISA and/or the FAA and the total number of members or accounts encompassed within or affected by such requests

UPDATE 01/27/2014 US Gov’t Allows Tech Companies/Communications Providers to Reveal More Details on National Security Orders

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