Google Offers Some Detail About How It Transfers Data to the Government

Google has offered a few more details about how it shares user data with the government, including in response to national security requests.As The New York Times reported on Tuesday, when Google is legally required to hand over data about its users, it usually delivers it using a file-transferring technology called secure FTP, David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, said in an interview on British television. see:Google Requests More Transparency to Dispel PRISM Media Myths
Google’s chief legal officer addressed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller contesting recent media reports regarding the breadth of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and requesting that his company be allowed to publish more national security request data in order to quell media speculation.The letter, which was published on Google’s official blog today, is part of the company’s response to the unceasing stream of media reports that have surfaced since Edward Snowden, a former Booz Allen Hamilton infrastructure analyst, leaked the contents of two highly secretive NSA programs to the Guardian and Washington Post last week. The first had to do with the NSA collection of all metadata produced by Verizon customers while the second described an alleged surveillance program, called PRISM, through which the top American spy agency allegedly collects user data from a group of major Internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

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