Google, Facebook Want FISA Court To Authorize Data Release

Law360, New York (September 9, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT) -- Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Yahoo Inc. on Monday asked the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to publicly disclose data about the number of compulsory information requests it receives from the government, arguing the First Amendment protects their right to do so.

The companies cited “misleading” news stories about their involvement with the U.S. government’s recently leaked PRISM surveillance program as the reason they are seeking to release the aggregate data. They said they have negotiated unsuccessfully with the government over the summer to...
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