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2014-08-03 04:29:39

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Twitter recently published its fifth Transparency Report but has done so, as in all previous reports, without detailed information about national security requests. This is in spite of repeated attempts by the company to obtain agreement with government agencies to share the missing data. Twitter claims it is fighting for more transparency. In a recent blog, Jeremy Kessel, Senior Manager at Twitter’s Global and Legal Policy...

Microsoft Challenged FBI And Won
2014-05-23 08:22:17

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Software giant Microsoft could be singing the tune that it fought the law and IT won. On Thursday Microsoft disclosed that last year it had claimed victory over the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) after the Feds had secretly requested data about a business customer. Microsoft apparently refused and the government backed down, but only after the FBI was able to gather the data it sought without Microsoft's help. Newly...

Tech Firms Stand Against NSA, Call For Transparency In Data Requests
2014-05-02 14:41:10

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech firms are taking a stand against data requests from government agencies. The companies are hoping to provide more transparency by disclosing such requests from law enforcement and other government entities, the Washington Post reports. "Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators’ demands for e-mail records and other online data,...

Dropbox Petitions FISA For Right To Disclose National Security Requests
2013-09-25 05:39:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Cloud storage provider Dropbox has joined Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn and others in seeking permission to publish the number of national security requests it has received from the federal government, and the number of users those requests involve. The company filed a petition with the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court this week seeking confirmation that it has the right to disclose the exact number...

Edward Snowden Email Service Shut Down Amid Pressure From Secret Court
2013-08-09 10:01:46

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Former NSA employee turned whistleblower Edward Snowden made headlines when he leaked documents detailing the American government’s surveillance programs. Now the email service that Snowden used to privately communicate with human rights workers and lawyers has shut down amid pressure from a secret US court. The email client, Lavabit, claimed that the decision to shut the service down is confounded by the fact that the site is...

2013-07-02 23:22:37

Did Colorado Federal Court Knowingly Allow Violation of Citizens' Rights to Privacy, Asks A Just Cause (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 A Just Cause continues to investigate a federal case in Colorado that involved six Colorado business executives who were convicted of mail and wire fraud charges in 2011. The six executives, who represented themselves pro se, have maintained their innocence throughout. The six executives (Kendrick Barnes, Gary L. Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, David A. Zirpolo,...

Google Wants Transparency In Data-Mining Request Release
2013-06-19 09:58:57

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Several Internet companies, including Apple and Yahoo, have released the number of data requests they´ve received from the government as a part of investigations and PRISM, the data-mining program used by the National Security Agency (NSA). However, one Internet giant -- Google -- has been noticeably absent in releasing these figures following a plea to the Attorney General and FBI to allow them to include Foreign Intelligence...

Google Sued By Justice Department For Warrantless Access To User Records
2013-06-01 05:54:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US Department of Justice secretly filed a lawsuit in April attempting to force Google to give them access to user records without a search warrant, various media outlets have learned. CNET´s Declan McCullagh, who broke the story on Friday, said that the lawsuit was filed in a Manhattan courtroom back on April 22 and “offers a rare glimpse of how determined prosecutors are to defend a process that allows federal...

EFF Report Finds Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Doesn't
2013-05-02 11:32:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Internet plays a significant role in the lives of many people. This means these users are asking several companies to keep their personal information – addresses, credit card numbers, current location – safe from intruders or even the government. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday released their annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, a sort of report card which scores the...

Federal Government Challenged By Google On Warrantless Data Requests
2013-04-05 10:07:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Google has taken the extraordinary step of becoming the first major company to openly challenge in court the federal government´s warrantless electronic data-gathering. On March 29, the company filed a rare petition under seal in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, challenging a national security letter (NSL) issued by the government to obtain private data about one or more of its users. NSLs allow the federal...


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