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Twitter: Government Info Requests on the Rise, Up 40% Worldwide

Twitter: Government Info Requests on the Rise, Up 40% Worldwide

By Josh Wolford February 9, 2015

Twitter’s latest transparency report is out, and the numbers of governmental requests – both for user info and for content removal – are way up. According to Twitter, the company has seen a 40% increase in government requests for user …

Twitter Would Be More Transparent, If It Could Twitter Would Be More Transparent, If It Could

Twitter has just released their fifth-ever transparency report, and it shows that requests for user data, content removal, and copyright takedowns are all on the rise. But the main focus of Twitter’s announcement isn’t really the report itself – instead, …

Google Can Finally Publish FISA Request Numbers Google Can Finally Publish FISA Request Numbers

For a few years now, Google has been publishing a bi-annual transparency report to let us know how many times governments around the world have petitioned the company for user data. The reports were always missing a few things though …

Is Google Being Transparent Enough? Is Google Being Transparent Enough?
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Many would say that Google has become more transparent over the years. It gives users, businesses and webmasters access to a lot more information about its intentions and business practices than it did long ago, but is it going far …

Google Pushes For Greater Data Request Transparency Google Pushes For Greater Data Request Transparency

Does Google hand over your private information to the feds? The company says it doesn’t, but it can’t prove this because of gag orders placed on it by the federal government. That’s why Google, along with Microsoft, have petitioned the …

Microsoft Calls On Government To Be More Transparent Microsoft Calls On Government To Be More Transparent

In late June, Google and Microsoft both filed suit with the FISA court demanding that the government let them publish the number of federal data requests they receive. The companies had hoped to work out a deal with the government …

Facebook Releases Transparency Report Facebook Releases Transparency Report
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When PRISM was leaked in early June, Facebook was one of the first companies citied in the report to deny any involvement with the program. The revelation did, however, push Facebook into asking the U.S. government for permission to publish …

Google Adds Unsafe Sites Data to Transparency Report Google Adds Unsafe Sites Data to Transparency Report
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Google is adding a new section to its online Transparency Report, which currently documents data requests from the government, content removal requests, and just recently, National Security Letter information. Starting now, Google will show information on malware and phishing attacks …

Google Continues To Fight For Transparency Google Continues To Fight For Transparency
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UDPATE: It was revealed Wednesday that Microsoft has also filed a motion claiming a First Amendment right to publish federal data request numbers. Original Story Below: For the past two weeks, Google has been petitioning the government to allow it …

Apple Also Reveals Info on Government Data Requests Apple Also Reveals Info on Government Data Requests

Apple has joined Facebook and Microsoft in revealing non-specific figures on governmental requests for user data following the PRISM leaks that have forced many tech companies to defend themselves against claims of playing fast and loose with user data. Apple’s …

Facebook Reports on Government Data Requests Facebook Reports on Government Data Requests

On the heels of the leaked documents detailing the National Security Agency’s secret internet surveillance initiative, PRISM, companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were quick to deny any voluntary involvement in providing troves of user data to the U.S. …

Facebook Urges Transparency for Gov Data Requests Facebook Urges Transparency for Gov Data Requests
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Like Google, Facebook was quick to deny any involvement in the so-called “PRISM” program, which leaks indicated involved high-profile tech companies providing the National Security Agency a “backdoor” to all of their user data. And like Google, Facebook is now …

EFF: Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Not So Much EFF: Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Not So Much

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, champions of the public interest in matters related to free speech and digital privacy, has just released their latest report on which companies actively help protect your data from the government. It’s called the “Who has …

Google Reports Rise in Government Removal Requests Google Reports Rise in Government Removal Requests

Google has released the data from July to December of last year inside their Transparency Report, and they’ve been busier than ever. Google says that they have received more governmental requests for content removal than ever before. “From July to …

Google Provides Info on National Security Requests Google Provides Info on National Security Requests

Google has added another metric to its Transparency Report so users can identify one more manner in which the government is requesting their information. Starting today, Google is now including data about National Security Letters on its U.S. Transparency Report. …

Google: Government Requests for User Data Increase Google: Government Requests for User Data Increase
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Every six months Google unveils a new Transparency Report, which contains the figures on government requests for user data. It also gives us a look into just how often Google is giving up the goods. Google has just released the …

Facebook Launches Redesigned Help Center Facebook Launches Redesigned Help Center

Facebook has just announced a couple of items that they say will improve user experience and allow them to better understand exactly what goes on inside the network: A redesigned Help Center and the complete rollout of the Support Dashboard. …