Tech Giants Releases US Surveillance RequestsAdded: Sunday, February 16th, 2014
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Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo have officially disclosed for the first time that tens of thousands of accounts associated with their customers had their information handed over to American government authorities twice a year under the secret court orders.
4 of the tech giants participating in the NSA’s Prism effort had recently reached a transparency deal with the Justice Department and now were allowed to release more information about the volume of sensitive details the government demands to disclose.
However, the terms of the deal prevent Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo from itemizing the collection, beyond bands of numerous data requests from a secret surveillance court. The tech giants must also delay by 6 months revealing data on the most recent requests.
In the meantime, the firms expressed concerns by the lack of precision over the depth of their compelled participation in government surveillance, saying that more transparency is still required to help everyone understand how surveillance legislation works.
Google, for example, wants to reveal the precise numbers and types of requests it receives, and the number of users affected in a timely way.
During the first half of 2013 (when Snowden’s leaks started), Google revealed the Internet metadata of up to 1000 customer accounts, and the content of communications up to 10,000 customers.
As for Microsoft, the company got fewer than 1,000 orders from the Fisa court for communications content, related up to 16,000 accounts or individual identifiers.
As you remember, Microsoft owns Skype, and therefore received up to 1,000 orders for metadata, revealing communications patterns instead of individual message content.
Then, Yahoo announced that it provided the government communications content from between 30,000 and 31,000 accounts within the same period, and up to 1,000 customer accounts that were subject to Fisa court orders for metadata.
Finally, Facebook revealed that it turned over content data from up to 6,000 accounts and customer metadata associated with up to 1,000 accounts.
Aside from this data, the tech giants had to give the FBI certain customer records (not content) under a subpoena known as a national security letter.
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|In all reality, this tells us just a bit over nothing. Numbers, with no corresponding categories,sub categories or prioritized accounts, means we get just that - numbers that we cannot connect to anything substantial to see how,why,when or if the Government breaks its own Laws. Its just a smoke screen from these companies to address their business model and bottom line. They are taking a hit where it matters the most - in their bank accounts. Nothing they say or provide to us,the Public,as part of some BS 'transparency' ploy will change the fact that they are in bed with these agencies providing direct access.|
I mean, here they are, collecting,sorting and meta crawling over our data for their own purposes and they want us to believe that they dont give it to the Government? They have been given Government contracts, freedom to break laws, form Monopolies and crush competition,censor, filter, track,invade and use us,the Public, for its own profit. They are nothing but leeches and vampires upon Humanity who deserve nothing less than to be burned at the stake. Humanity cannot afford to be bled out for a few who liken themselves to Gods and above any Laws - not just man made laws, but the Laws of a Natural Existence.
|@ #1-Carjacker My thoughts exactly......... Orwell was right, Big Brother is watching and has been doing so behind the scenes for quite awhile. Big Brother seems more concerned about being exposed than they are about anything leaked. The Corrupt Self Indulgant Mindset of these Power Crazed Lunatics will bring down all of Humanity unless they can be contained.|
|posted by (2014-02-16 19:27:27)|
|100% in agreement with #1 remember information is power, power = control = everything. How can you do your share to maintain your personal control? this is where all starts is called PRIVACY so without privacy you have no control = no power = nothing. The worlds societies work in a certain way, by giving out your information over the "social" media or any other means of electronic communications you allow this bastards to collect it, if they can see how society communicates and how information flows then they can control it. Uncle SAM don't ask for favors, when they need something they will take it, so if they need your entire life history they will have it. There is no stopping to it, is all out there just for the grab, what are you gonna do? fire the Government and replace it with a new one?|
|posted by (2014-02-17 17:30:59)|
|Actually it confirms what we knew and the government denies, that this is nothing but a massive fishing expedition. They collected detailed detailed data on 30,000 people in six months, and how many arrests? Zero! Not exactly a great return on our money. The good news is the U.S. is going broke, soon we won't be able to afford to blow billions on bullshit like this. The waning war on drugs is just the first of a long line of dominoes to topple.|
But on the flip side, if you post your personal data on Facebook you shouldn't bitch when you have no privacy. Social is social, media is media, they do not mix! Get out and talk to people you know, meet new ones, not "friends" you never will meet on facebook.
|Microsoft, a major surveillance partner for the US government|
that should be their new slogan...Apple is part of this issue as well, why do people turn a blind eye to that?
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