Google asks for permission to publish FISA data, says ‘misleading’ reports hurt the company


Since The Guardian and The Washington Post published a series of leaked documents, companies named as participants in the PRISM surveillance program have attempted to set right what they call “misleading” claims about their data. Earlier this month, Google asked the attorney general and FBI director to let it include requests made under the controversial FISA rules in its periodic transparency report, which details the number of requests for user information that it receives. Now, the company has filed a motion asking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to allow it to publish estimated numbers of FISA requests without fear of reprisal.

“Google’s reputation and business has been harmed by the false or misleading reports in the…

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