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UPDATE: Encrypt The Web Report: Who’s Doing What

 

EFF Privacy Report

 

” We’ve asked the companies in our Who Has Your Back Program what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the NSA’s unlawful surveillance of your communications. We’re pleased to see that four five six seven companies—Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic.net,SpiderOak, and Twitter—are implementing five out of five of our best practices for encryption. See the infographic.

  By adopting these practices, described below, these service providers have taken a critical step towards protecting their users from warrantless seizure of their information off of fiber-optic cables. By enabling encryption across their networks, service providers can make backdoor surveillance more challenging, requiring the government to go to courts and use legal process. While Lavabit’s travails have shown how difficult that can be for service providers, at least there was the opportunity to fight back in court.

  While not every company in our survey has implemented every recommendation, each step taken helps, and we appreciate those who have worked to strengthen their security. We hope that every online service provider adopts these best practices and continues to work to protect their networks and their users.”

 

     Read more at EFF and consider making a donation to help fund their valuable contributions to online freedom and privacy .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Most Photographed Cities

 

 

 

 

” Selfie, landscape or portrait, we tend to take a lot of photos — and some places are more conducive to snapping pics than others.

  Google released a heat map that highlights the Earth’s most photographed locales. Data included in Sightsmap comes from geolocated images uploaded by individual users to the Google Maps Panoramio service, which associates images with locations in Google Maps and Google Earth. You can even begin planning a trip with the map by selecting a starting point and destination, which brings up estimated travel time and links to travel sites.”

 

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Gmail: You No Longer Need Someone’s Address To Send Them An Email

 

” Google is about to make it a whole lot easier for strangers to send you an email. Likewise, you will soon be able to send an email to someone, even if you don’t have their address.

 
  It’s a new Gmail feature that will let you type anyone’s name into the “To” field (when you compose your email) and then you can send them an email. However, it will also mean you could get many received from others. The emails, thankfully, should not land in your Gmail inbox, but in a newly set up “social” tab, you may have noticed was introduced as an addition to your Gmail a few months back.

 

  The service is expected to go live within the next week and it has been confirmed — and this is the important bit — that by default, anyone on its social network will be able to send messages to your Gmail inbox.”

Source : Digital Journal

U.S. GOVERNMENT ASKS GOOGLE TO REMOVE ALMOST 4,000 POLITICAL ITEMS FROM SEARCH

 

 

” Reports came out yesterday in the UK covering Google’s newest release of their “Transparency Report.”  Turkey has been known for it’s total lack of press freedom, and now reports show the U.S. is approaching the same leagues as Turkey.

  The report was presented on the blog of Susan Infantino, the Legal Director of Google.  She and her legal team launched the annual Transparency Report three years ago, in hopes it would “shine light on the scale and scope of government requests for censorship and data around the globe.”

  From January to June 2013, the search giant received 3,846 government requests to remove content from its search services, which represents a 68% increase over the second half of 2012.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature From Android, Claiming Its Release Was Accidental

 

 

 

 

” Yesterday, we published a blog post lauding an extremely important app privacy feature that was added in Android 4.3. That feature allows users to install apps while preventing the app from collecting sensitive data like the user’s location or address book.

  After we published the post, several people contacted us to say that the feature had actually been removed in Android 4.4.2, which was released earlier this week. Today, we installed that update to our test device, and can confirm that the App Ops privacy feature that we were excited about yesterday is in fact now gone.

  When asked for comment, Google told us that the feature had only ever been released by accident — that it was experimental, and that it could break some of the apps policed by it. We are suspicious of this explanation, and do not think that it in any way justifies removing the feature rather than improving it.”

 

 

Get the full story at EFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Apple Drops To 35th Spot In Annual Glassdoor Survey, Twitter Top Among Tech Companies

 

 

Top Twenty

 

 

” Glassdoor, a Sausalito, Calif.-based job-listing website, has announced its annual list of the “Best Places to Work 2014,” in which Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), one of the world’s most valuable companies, slid more than two dozen places to be ranked 35, based on reviews from the company’s employees.

  While Bain & Company once again took the number one spot on the overall list, Twitter made it to the top of the technology companies’ rankings. Apple, which secured the tenth spot on Glassdoor’s list in 2012, garnering a rating of 3.9 out of 5, fell to number 35 in a list of 50 U.S. companies, despite dropping only 0.1 points (3.8 out of 5) on a five-point rating scale.”

 

 

 

 

See all the selections at : Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Tech Giants Call For Reform To Surveillance Law

 

” Today, there are full-page advertisements running in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Roll Call, and The Hill. They all have the same message: big tech companies are calling on Congress to rein in the mass surveillance. You can read the full message on the newly-launched Reform Government Surveillance site.

  This is a victory for users—with the companies taking a giant step forward in supporting their customers’ rights. The five basic principles they announced today include:

  1. Limiting Governments’ Authority to Collect Users’ Information
  2. Oversight and Accountability
  3. Transparency About Government Demands
  4. Respecting the Free Flow of Information
  5. Avoiding Conflicts Among Governments

  While these are all valuable, the first one particularly heartened us: “Governments should limit surveillance to specific, known users for lawful purposes, and should not undertake bulk data collection of Internet communications.” With these principles, the companies are joining digital citizens worldwide in demanding a stop to the unrestrained, mass surveillance of our digital lives.”

 

 

    It’s about time . Don’t forget that these companies were very quick to roll over and give the government everything that it demanded as far as access to our personal data and while we commend them for their newfound love of privacy one can only wonder if this letter would have ever come about without the revelations from Edward Snowden being made public . For now color us cautiously optimistic regarding these corporations recently acquired respect for the fourth amendment . 

   It is also worth noting that there are no cell phone carriers/providers among the companies clamoring for renewed privacy laws and therein lies a major drawback to the entire effort to re-establish our right to protection from illegal search and seizure .

 

” But notably absent from the coalition are telecom companies, like Verizon and AT&T. These companies have long been considered the weak link when it comes to government access request. AT&T just announced that it would not respond to shareholder requests to be transparent about its relationship with the NSA.”

 

Just sayin’ …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They Make HOW Much? Interactive Infographic Reveals Astonishing Amount Top Tech Companies Earn Per Second – And Samsung Tops The List With £4,051

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” In the five seconds it has taken you to read this sentence, Samsung has earned a staggering $32,430.

This converts to £20,200 and is what the average university graduate in the UK earns in a year.

To highlight the obscene amounts of money the world’s major tech companies earn, a money-saving website has created an interactive infographic that shows exactly how much each firm makes in real time. 

The site, designed by UK-based Happier, is also interesting because it highlights how successful the companies are in comparison to one another.

Phone makers Samsung, Apple, BlackBerry and Nokia all make the list, as do other hardware and software manufacturers Microsoft, Google, HP, Dell, Foxconn, IBM, Oracle and Cisco.  

Facebook is the only social network on the list, earning $230 (£143) a second, and Amazon is the only online retailer and earns $1,996 (£1,247).

Apple is in second place, earning $4,539 (£2,835) per second, with BlackBerry floundering at the bottom of the list earning a relatively small $205 (£128) every second.”

 

Wow !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motorola Launches The Moto G Smartphone

 

 

” Earlier today, Motorola launched the followup to its slow-selling Moto X: a cheaper sibling, the Moto G. Almost three months after launch of the Moto X, Motorola hopes to reach the untapped lower and midrange markets where its first Google-powered handset couldn’t reach. 

Although this is officially the “cheap” version of the Moto X, the Moto G isn’t a device to be taken lightly. The smartphone comes stock with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Motorola promising an Android 4.4 upgrade by January. The smartphone also has a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. There’s a 5-MP camera with a 1.3-MP front-facing camera, which is a noticeable dip from the Moto X but still capable of good picture quality. During the launch event, Motorola said the device will give “all-day battery life,” but didn’t get into specifics. The G is rumored to have a 1950-mAh battery. “

 

    It’s about time someone released a good , relatively inexpensive , no-strings attached smartphone . Does anyone believe that these $800 iPhones and Galaxy’s are really worth that kind of expenditure ? The smartphone market is one area of the tech industry where we have yet to enjoy the continually declining costs inherent in the mass circulation of goods that has governed the electronics market . It’s about time . Let’s hope that the phone is a good one and that it’s presence on the market drives the competitors to reduce their price tags as well .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google’s “Ingress” Opens To All Android Users December 14th

 

 

 

” We, at Niantic Labs at Google, are really excited to let you know that our biggest milestone since the introduction of Ingress is just around the corner: On December 14, 2013, when our worldwide 9-week, 39-city global player event called Operation #13MAGNUS concludes, Ingress will exit Beta. So today, we have several important announcements to share:   

First off, we are dropping the invitation code requirement so that we can welcome all Android players into our Beta. We look forward to welcoming new Agents into the global Ingress community. Beginning now, you can join the worldwide action by downloading Ingress on Google Play at http://goo.gl/KIshWr 

Niantic Labs would also like to thank Agents around the world who have supported us during the beta, so today we are also announcing a special one-time badge: The Founder Medal .  All Agents that reach Level 5 by December 14, 2013 will qualify for a special achievement for their early support of the Ingress experience.   

Additionally, we are excited to announce The Ingress Elite Vchallenge. From Monday, November 4 through the culmination of Operation #13MAGNUS on Saturday, December 14, all Ingress Agents will be eligible to participate in this challenge to identify the five (5) most elite Agents from around the world. Measured by a wide set of Ingress performance stats and a creative social media submission, the winning Ingress Agents will be flown to California for Top Secret Ingress briefings in February 2014 and a special interview with+Susanna Moyer  from The Ingress Report at http://www.youtube.com/ingress . Details on the Ingress Elite V challenge can be found at http://goo.gl/Cxfo1b “

 

 

 

    Along with the shift from the Beta experimental stage to the open market Google is offering some additional treats and challenges for those lucky enough to be playing the Beta version of the game during the lead-up to going public . Below is a brief synopsis of what Ingress is all about … for the uninitiated , such as ourselves …

 

 

“Ingress is a game of exploration and discovery in the real world, as well as a way to join in with an amazing global community of Ingress Agents,” said +John Hanke , VP in charge of Google’s Niantic Labs. “Our journey over the past year has taken us to live events in more than 80 cities around the world, more than one million downloads of the Ingress app, and more than one million Portals discovered and submitted by Ingress Agents. Two ebooks, a comic book series, and a weekly YouTube show, ‘The Ingress Report’ paint a rich picture of the Ingress world. And Agents have made it their own with more than 2,000 Ingress user communities created on global social networks and countless designs for shirts, badges, jewelry and other objects. More than a dozen Agents have gone so far as to tattoo the Ingress logos on their bodies! A huge thank you to all of the amazing people that have been part of the Ingress journey so far. You have helped make Ingress what it is and have inspired us with so many amazing stories about meeting one another and finding new ways to explore and interact with our world. We can’t wait to see how players continue to make Ingress and the real world a more fun and inspiring place.”

 

 

    Even after putting together this post we must admit that we are still mostly in the dark as to the whole concept of Ingress , but if nothing else , it is a game that will finally get people’s butts up off the couch and out into the world . We supposed that that is benefit enough for a start .

 

 

 

 

 

Angry Over U.S. Surveillance, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses

 

 

 

 

” Google has spent months and millions of dollars encrypting email, search queries and other information flowing among its data centers worldwide. Facebook’s chief executive said at a conference this fall that the government “blew it.” And though it has not been announced publicly, Twitter plans to set up new types of encryption to protect messages from snoops.

It is all reaction to reports of how far the government has gone in spying on Internet users, sneaking around tech companies to tap into their systems without their knowledge or cooperation.

What began as a public relations predicament for America’s technology companies has evolved into a moral and business crisis that threatens the foundation of their businesses, which rests on consumers and companies trusting them with their digital lives.

So they are pushing back in various ways — from cosmetic tactics like publishing the numbers of government requests they receive to political ones including tense conversations with officials behind closed doors. And companies are building technical fortresses intended to make the private information in which they trade inaccessible to the government and other suspected spies.

Yet even as they take measures against government collection of personal information, their business models rely on collecting that same data, largely to sell personalized ads. So no matter the steps they take, as long as they remain ad companies, they will be gathering a trove of information that will prove tempting to law enforcement and spies.

When reports of surveillance by the National Security Agency surfaced in June, the companies were frustrated at the exposure of their cooperation with the government in complying with lawful requests for the data of foreign users, and they scrambled to explain to customers that they had no choice but to obey the requests.

But as details of the scope of spying emerge, frustration has turned to outrage, and cooperation has turned to war.

The industry has learned that it knew of only a fraction of the spying, and it is grappling with the risks of being viewed as an enabler of surveillance of foreigners and American citizens. “

   Read the whole thing . It would be great to be able to have some faith in the internet giant’s mea culpas , but given their previous level of co-operation with the State , it is hard for us to view their alleged new efforts at privacy as anything other than a quest for market share .

Google Launches Tools For Evading Government Control

 

 

Digital Attack Map

 

 

 

” With the Internet playing an ever-greater role in disseminating information and connecting political opponents of authoritarian regimes, governments with a taste for deterring the same are stepping up surveillance, efforts to control access to inconvenient facts and opinions, and attacks on the Web presents of the opposition. As we all know, even officials in the land of the free have a taste for online snoopiness. So what an appropriate moment for Internet giant Google to step forward with new tools intended to help online users escape surveillance and control, and to deliver their messages even when under cyberattack by the authorities.

On its official blog, Google announced the launch of Project Shield, to help protect websites from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, the Digital Attack Map, which tracks DDoS attcks in realtime, so they can be exposed as they happen, and uProxy, a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that works like an easily shared personalized virtual private network (VPN) to allow people living under controlling regimes to surf the Web via connections to users elsewhere, evading censorship and surveillance.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google+ Users Change Profile Pics To Google’s Eric Schmidt To Protest New Ads

 

 

 

 

” Many Google users were recently annoyed to find that their user names and profile pictures may soon appear next to ads and listings called shared endorsements across various Google pages.  From ABC News:

The day after Facebook announced that it was removing a privacy option that would make all of its users searchable, Google made its own announcement for adding an option called “Shared Endorsements.”

While users can opt-out of the practice in their settings, Google has warned that users’ comments and follows may no longer be visible to connections on Google+ if they do so.  In response, some have a far more creative idea for protesting Google’s new practice.  And it involves making executive chairman Eric Schmidt a face to be seen all across the web.”

 NSA Collecting E-Mail And IM Contacts Globally

 

 

 

 

” The National Security Agency has been collecting contacts from people’s personal e-mail address books and instant messaging accounts in an effort to detect relationships that might be crucial to government security, the Washington Post is reporting.

The agency is collecting the data from overseas points and many of the contacts belong to Americans, the Post reports.

The Post bases its report on word from senior intelligence officials and top secret documents, including a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden..

The majority of the contacts harvested come from Yahoo and Hotmail accounts, but others also come from Facebook, Google and unspecified other providers, the Post reports. The contacts amount to a sizeable portion of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts, according to the news organization.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google To Sell User Profiles, Photos In Ads

 

 

 

 

 

Google updated its terms of service Friday to say that beginning Nov. 11 it has the right to sell adult users’  profile names, photos and comments in reviews and advertising.

Here’s how its “shared endorsements” would work: If you rate a product on Google Play or give a product a +1 (the Google equivalent to Facebook’s “like”), those actions can be shown to your friends and connections. So if you gave a +1 to your favorite fashion retailer, your mom might see an advertisement from that retailer that says you like it. Google is drawing that information from your Google+ account (and you might have one, even if you don’t use it).

In an online post, Google says the shared endorsements will only be seen by the people you have agreed to share content with, and that you still have control over what you share.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Electric, Google And Microsoft Are Three Of The Nine S&P 500 Companies That Currently Have More Cash-On-Hand Than The U.S. Government

 

Poorhouse: The U.S. government currently has less money than nine S&P 500 companies

 

 

 

” It was just a few short years ago when the United States government was forced to bailout the auto industry, and now the tables have turned – the United States government currently has less cash on hand than at least one automaker, as well as eight other Standard & Poor’s 500 companies.

As politicians in Washington D.C. continue their seemingly endless debate on whether to raise the country’s debt ceiling (the amount of debt lawmakers authorize the Treasury to enter into), the U.S. is running out of money to pay the bills it’s already incurred.

At the moment, the Treasury has only $32 billion in its operating accounts. In contrast, General Electric currently has nearly three times that amount of accessible cash – currently, GE has more than $88 billion in cash-on-hand.

According to a graph created by QZ.com, GE tops the list of companies with more moulah than the U.S. government. Also on that list is Microsoft with $77 billion, Google with nearly $55 billion and Cisco with $50 billion.

Ford also made the list with $36 billion (Ford is one of the few domestic automakers that did not accept bailout money).

General Motors – which received nearly $50 billion in bailout cash from the U.S. government starting in 2008 – now trails the federal government in cash-on-hand by a mere $3 billion (GM currently has $27 billion in its coffers).”

    There should be no surprise that GE is flush with cash given that they pay next to no taxes . The best news is that Ford , which took no bailout money from the taxpayers is doing so well . GM on the other hand , still owes the taxpayers a bundle and that doesn’t take into account the value of the lost investments of bond holders screwed by Obama to placate his union cronies during the bankruptcy . 

 How To Optimize Your Posts

 

 

 

” With Google making 10 algorithm changes in the last four months and keyword data getting harder to come by, it may be ideal for marketers to take a step back and get back to SEO basics.

Despite the revolving door of new algorithms and search engine policies, the fundamentalsof getting your content found have remained pretty consistent.

So, let’s save the hand-wringing and future-predicting for another day and keep it simple. Here’s what you need to know to optimize your blog posts for search.

Optimize Blog Post Headlines and URLs

Once you have your list of blog posts, you’ll want to make sure you’ve optimized the headlines. Keywords do best when they’re at the front of the headline. So, for example, if we’re trying to rank our content to appear for searches about inbound marketing: “Inbound Marketing: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started” will do better than “Everything You Need to Know to Get Started With Inbound Marketing.”

Keywords are important, but you also want to write the sort of headline that is likely to get clicked and shared frequently. The frequency with which a piece of content gets shared can positively impact its ranking on search engine result pages. In fact, in recent years, social elements have been increasingly important to search. We’ll touch upon that more below in the Social Search section.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World’s Most Popular Web Sites By Country [MAP]

 

 

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” A map developed by two Oxford Internet Institute researchers uses Internet traffic data from Alexa to determine each country’s most-visited website, Drew DeSilver of Pew Research reports.

The countries look funny because each one is scaled to number of Internet users it has.

The results are fascinating: Google dominates most of North America, Europe, south Asia and the south Pacific while Facebook wins out in the Spanish-speaking parts of the America, the Middle East, and North Africa.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Knocks Coca-Cola Off Its 13 Year Reign As World’s Most Valuable Brand

 

 

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” The New York Times reports that Apple has knocked off Coca-Cola (Sugar water!) to become the ‘World’s Most Valuable Brand’ according to the annual Interbrand Best Global Brands Report.

Apple’s arrival in the top spot was perhaps “a matter of time,” Jez Frampton, global chief executive at Interbrand, said in a recent interview. Apple was No. 2 last year, climbing from No. 8 in the 2011 report. “What is it they say, ‘Long live the king’?” Mr. Frampton asked. “This year, the king is Apple.”

The 2013 report begins: “Every so often, a company changes our lives, not just with its products, but with its ethos. This is why, following Coca-Cola’s 13-year run at the top of Best Global Brands, Interbrand has a new No. 1 — Apple.” The report estimates the value of the Apple brand at $98.3 billion, up 28 percent from the 2012 report.

Apple’s rivals Google and Samsung also moved up in the list with Mountain View also hopping over Coca-Cola to #2  at a $93.3B (up 34%) valuation while Samsung entered the top 10 with a new brand strategy called the Brand Ideal, which includes “a greater focus on social purpose”. Microsoft, who just lost a CEO, was flat.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Security Concerns Abound Over Unofficial Android iMessage App That Uses Chinese Servers To Process Data

 

 

” An unauthorised app that lets Android users chat on Apple’s closed iMessage network is causing a big stir. It’s had viral downloads in the tens of thousands amid claims that it could be spreading malware; but the Chinese developer who developed the app tells us everything is cool.

[TechCrunch has opted not to include a link to the app page because of the security concerns]

It’s the latest security scare for Google’s popular mobile operating system, whose Play store in 2012 accounted for 79% of all smartphone malware – meanwhile Apple’s highly protected iOS App Store consisted of just .7% malicious apps.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If A Recently Leaked Document Is Any Indication, The US National Security Agency — Or Its UK Counterpart — Appears To Have Put On A Google Suit To Gather Intelligence

 

 

 

” Here’s one of the latest tidbits on the NSA surveillance scandal (which seems to be generating nearly as many blog items as there are phone numbers in the spy agency’s data banks).

Earlier this week, Techdirt picked up on a passing mention in a Brazilian news story and a Slate article to point out that the US National Security Agency had apparently impersonated Google on at least one occasion to gather data on people. (Mother Jones subsequently pointed outTechdirt’s point-out.)

Brazilian site Fantastico obtained and published a document leaked by Edward Snowden, which diagrams how a “man in the middle attack” involving Google was apparently carried out.

A technique commonly used by hackers, a MITM attack involves using a fake security certificate to pose as a legitimate Web service, bypass browser security settings, and then intercept data that an unsuspecting person is sending to that service. Hackers could, for example, pose as a banking Web site and steal passwords.

The technique is particularly sly because the hackers then use the password to log in to the real banking site and then serve as a “man in the middle,” receiving requests from the banking customer, passing them on to the bank site, and then returning requested info to the customer — all the while collecting data for themselves, with neither the customer nor the bank realizing what’s happening. Such attacks can be used against e-mail providers too.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: US Tech Companies Lose Business Following PRISM Revelations

 

A protestor wearing a Guy Fawkes mask demonstrates against the PRISM program on June 29, 2013 in Hannover, Germany

 

” Tech companies alleged to be partnering with the U.S. government in a mass Internet surveillance program are losing business, AFP reports.

“The Cloud Security Alliance said 10 percent of its non-US members have cancelled a contract with a US-based cloud provider, and 56 percent said they were less likely to use an American company,” said the publication.

The survey was conducted online between June 25 and July 9.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Surveillance Scandal Overshadows Top Internet Freedom Talks

 

 

” A high-level Internet freedom conference, that concluded in the Tunisian capital on Tuesday, was overshadowed by the recent U.S. internet surveillance scandal.

The U.S. government, a founding member of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and U.S.-based tech giant Google came under attack by dozens of human rights activists, internet researchers and computer engineers who attended the two-day conference.

The attacks came in response to this month’s revelation that the American National Security Agency (NSA) has been running a large-scale international surveillance program gathering data on internet users around the world by accessing the serves of tech-giants such as Google and Apple. Some of the most targeted countries are located in the Middle East and include Iran, Egypt and Jordan.

The NSA access, according to The Guardian newspaper, is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism. The program allows U.S. officials to collect information on internet users, including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, according to an official document obtained by the newspaper.

In light of the extensive program of surveillance, many called into question the credibility of the U.S. government and Google’s longtime advocacy for an Internet environment free of censorship and surveillance.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Asks Intelligence Court To Let It Release Data

 

 

” Google Inc. (GOOG) urged the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to publish the aggregate numbers and scope of national security requests it receives from the U.S. government.

The filing with the secret court, which issues warrants for collecting foreign intelligence inside the U.S., is the latest effort by Google to ease restrictions on disclosing the information the government has asked for under the surveillance program code-named Prism.

“We have long pushed for transparency so users can better understand the extent to which governments request their data — and Google was the first company to release numbers for National Security Letters,” Niki Fenwick, a spokeswoman for Google in Washington, said in an e-mail. To promote greater transparency, the company is seeking “to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately,” she said.”

 

Google is late to the party .

 

” Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), yesterday became the latest technology company to give details of government data collection, following disclosures by Apple Inc. (AAPL), Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp., all of whom have revealed thousands of warrants for data from government entities.

Yahoo!, the largest U.S. Web portal, said it got as many as 13,000 requests for information from U.S. law enforcement agencies in the six months ending in May, with the most common types related to fraud, homicides and criminal investigations, Yahoo said in a posting on Tumblr. The Sunnyvale, California-based company said it can’t lawfully break out FISA requests, and it urged the U.S. government to reconsider its stance on the issue.”

 

 

 

 

 

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