All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘transparency’

Twitter’s Political Contributions and Lobbying Efforts Detailed on New Transparency Page

Twitter’s Political Contributions and Lobbying Efforts Detailed on New Transparency Page

Twitter says its political involvement amounts to fighting for users’ rights and things like freedom of expression, Internet freedom, privacy, online safety, and patent reform. And now, in the name of transparency, the company’s set up a hub to detail its political engagement. “Because Twitter stands for open communication, we’re pleased to unveil policy.twitter.com, our new site covering the most …

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Twitter Kills Sites Across the World That Archived Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

One of the biggest operations for preserving politicians’ deleted tweets has been shut down. The Open State Foundation say that Twitter has cut off its API access for its Politwoops and Diplotwoops sites. The sites were simple – they just pulled deleted tweets from politicians’ profiles and made them visible for the world to see. It was about transparency, according …

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Twitter Says Government Data Requests Way Up

Twitter’s new transparency report is out, and the trend continues. Government requests for user data and content removal are on the rise. “As has long been the trend, we continue to see a rise in the number of these requests. Notably, requests for account information have increased 52 percent, which is the largest increase between reporting periods we have ever …

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Yes, Your Google Hangouts Can Be Wiretapped

Google encrypts your Hangouts conversations, but it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. This means that Google can wiretap your Hangouts at the government’s request. That’s one big revelation from a recent reddit AMA with Richard Salgado, Google’s director for law enforcement and information security, and David Lieber, Google’s senior privacy policy counsel. The American Civil Liberties Union’s chief technologist Christopher Soghoian …

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Google’s ‘Transparency’ Under Fire Again

Google’s transparency is being called into question again in light of mixed messages it’s been sending webmasters about its two most famous algorithm updates – Panda and Penguin – both of which can have a devastating impact on businesses unfortunate enough to be hit by them. Are you content with Google’s level of transparency about its search updates? Let us …

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

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 info in the past six months, worldwide. The biggest increase comes in Russia, where Twitter say over 100 separate requests …

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Reddit Has Never Received a National Security Letter

Reddit has just released its first ever transparency report, detailing governmental requests for user information, content removal requests, and more. What’s striking about reddit’s first report is the low volume of requests – only 55 total user info requests and 218 content removal requests in all of 2014. According to reddit, it complied with 58 percent and 31 percent of …

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WikiLeaks Blasts Google For Giving FBI Personal Data, Delaying Notification

Google reportedly delayed by two and a half years disclosure to WikiLeaks that it gave emails and other data from three of its staff to the FBI. This occurred after a federal judge issued a warrant. Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who is a lawyer for WikiLeaks, wrote a letter to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, telling …

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Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24%

It’s Election Day in the US, and Facebook is reminding everyone to vote with a giant banner at the top of the news feed which asks people to share the vote with friends. By the looks of my news feed, it’s working. The company has also chosen today to release its third-ever transparency report – which provides info on how …

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This Guy Says Google Took Away $46K In AdSense Earnings, And He Doesn’t Know Why

It’s not uncommon to hear about an over-dependence on Google costing people big money. There have been plenty of tales of businesses losing all their search visibility after Google algorithm changes. In some cases, people have lost their jobs. In even worse cases, businesses have had to fold or completely change course. Sometimes people get burned by Google in other …

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Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They 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, Twitter takes a lot of care to express their unhappiness with the US government, specifically the Department of Justice and …

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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 – specifically National Security Letters and FISA request numbers. NSL numbers were finally published last year, and now Google can …

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Is Google Being Transparent Enough?

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 enough? When it comes to its search algorithm and changes to how it ranks content, Google has arguably scaled back …

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Google Once Again Pushes For Transparency When Dealing With Federal Data Requests

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 government to allow it to be more transparent in reporting the number of federal data requests it receives. Google submitted …

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Microsoft Says The Government Isn’t Doing Enough To Promote Transparency

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 that would allow them to publish the figures, but the government decided to take things into its own hands. Microsoft …

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Facebook Releases Transparency Report, U.S. Government Made 12,000 Requests For Data

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 government data request numbers. That wish was granted in mid-June, and now Facebook has published its very first transparency report. …

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Google Adds Data on Unsafe Websites to Transparency Report

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 around the web. Google says that this info comes from their Safe Browsing program, which has been finding and flagging …

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Google Says It Has A First Amendment Right To Release NSA Data Request Numbers

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 to publish the exact number of data requests it receives from the NSA. There’s not been a lot of progress …

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Apple Also Reveals How Often the Government Asks for User Data

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 statement, called a “Commitment to Customer Privacy,” once again denies any knowledgable participation in the NSA’s secret surveillance program and …

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Facebook Get Its Transparency Wish, Reports on National Security-Related 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. government. Facebook and Google, most notably, went on the offensive – demanding the U.S. government that they be allowed more …

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Facebook, Like Google, Urges Transparency for National Security Data Requests

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 calling for more freedom to publish national security data requests they receive from the U.S. government. In a statement from …

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EFF: Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Not So Much When It Comes to Protecting User Data

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 your back” report and this is the third year that EFF has published it. The methodology is simple enough. The …

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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 December 2012, we received 2,285 government requests to remove 24,179 pieces of content—an increase from the 1,811 requests to remove …

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Google Now Includes National Security Requests in Its Transparency Report, But It’s Really Unspecific

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. National Security Letters (NSL) are a form of a demand letter that are used by the U.S. Government (mostly the …

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Government Requests for User Data Increase in the U.S., Around the World According to Google

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 new data. Since Google began the Transparency Report in 2009, government requests for user data have increased, without fail, for …

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Facebook Launches Redesigned Help Center, Makes Support Dashboard Available to Everyone

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. First up, the Help Center. Facebook has given it a major redesign that “is designed to get you the information …

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Google Knows Best, and You Shouldn’t Ask Any Questions About That

For all the good things that Google has brought into the world, everything from free and amazing emails to mapping the moon and Earth’s ocean floor to driver-less cars, the company has also become an undisputed master of obfuscation. Anytime the company has been asked to clarify or explain their actions or their habits, whether the inquiry comes from private …

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Political Ad Transparency: Should There Be More?

With political ads in full swing during this election year, a debate is heating up in Washington over a proposal from the FCC that would impose regulation on TV stations. The Commission wants TV stations to put the “public inspection files,” which include the names, costs, and running dates of every political ad in recent years on a website that it would oversee.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies Asked Google To Remove Police Brutality Videos From YouTube

Google’s biannual Transparency Report was updated yesterday and it has revealed some interesting information regarding requests to remove YouTube content as well as requests for user data from governmental agencies. During the period of January 2011 to July 2011, Google reports that they received a request from a local United States law enforcement agency. The agency wanted Google to take …

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Google Offers More Data About Government Requests

About 13 months ago, Google introduced its Transparency Report, which shows the number of government inquiries for info about users, and requests for Google to take down or censor content. It also includes interactive traffic graphs that show info about traffic to Google around the world. Back in the summer, Google updated the report with a new design and added …

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