US Authorities Sought Reddit User DataAdded: Monday, April 4th, 2016
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The chances are that US national security authorities may use Reddit to spy on its users. The pseudo-anonymous service has recently removed a line – a “warrant canary” – from its annual report on government data requests. The line used to say Reddit had never received a secret request for user data from the authorities.
The matter is that national security letters seeking information from online services are usually secret and oblige the recipients to keep silence about their existence. However, a clever workaround was found: tech firms simply put declarations online stating that, as of a certain date, they have never received such requests. Once they receive such a letter, they remove the declarations instead of notifying their users directly. This is what Reddit did a few days ago. For many thousands of Reddit users it serves as a reminder that what they say on Reddit can be recorded by investigators just like Facebook posts and Gmail messages.
Previous Reddit’s transparency report on government data requests stated that the service had never received an order under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) or any other classified request for user data, but now those lines are missing from the transparency report published last week. Reddit did not comment on this turn of events, and it can be understood.
Industry experts regard Reddit users as a combative and skeptical bunch. After the publication of the recent transparency report, some of them asked Reddit administration what happened to the warrant canary, but one of the admins said he couldn’t tell anything about it.
Two years ago, Twitter sued the US Justice Department for blocking the company from disclosing how many national security letters it receives.
Monday, April 4th, 2016
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