Warrant canaries — which tech companies are using to tell people that the government is NOT using secret orders — are the new frontline in the legal fight over surveillance.
Twitter took an important step to throw more light on the legal processes the federal government uses to spy on users — the lawsuit seeks to expand earlier free speech rights won by Google and Microsoft.
Well, you didn’t think surveillance had decreased, did you? The latest Google transparency report shows government demands for data in criminal investigations increased again, and that more countries are asking for it too.
In a rare bit of good news on the privacy front, the EFF’s annual “who has your back?” report shows many well-known companies are doing more to protect users.
CloudFlare has been outspoken about the implication of government surveillance for the US cloud computer industry. That’s why its first Transparency Report is worth noting.
AT&T has made good on its promise to publish a report showing how often government demands data about its customers. The report includes information about cell tower searches and once-secret NSA demands.
Until last week, Google and other tech companies were under gag orders that forbade them from disclosing how often they have had to turn customer information over to the National Security Agency. Now, they’re publishing numbers.
Verizon is joining companies like Google and Facebook in deciding to publish a report that states how often the government asks for subscriber data.
Tech companies, stung by criticism that they are part of a surveillance state, have responded by publishing “transparency reports.” Apple finally did the same, though the effort feels half-hearted.
Yahoo has joined other tech companies in putting out a report that shows how often governments are collecting data about its users.