Google challenges US government’s private data demand in court


Google is fighting back against a National Security Letter, the secretive, controversial data requests from the US government that bypass the court process and come with a gag order. The company has filed papers in a case called In Re Google Inc. Petition to set aside Legal Process; while the documents are sealed, Bloomberg reported on the nature of the filing. No details are currently available on the request itself, but the move is significant — Google would be the most prominent company yet to challenge an NSL.

Google is likely to find a sympathetic ear; the judge assigned to the case is Susan Illston, who last month ruled National Security Letters unconstitutional and ordered the FBI to stop issuing them after a 90-day appeal…

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