Feb 3, 2014 | Brad Smith | Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Transparency Case

Providing additional transparency on U.S. government requests for customer data

Today we are updating our transparency reporting to provide new information relating to governmental demands for customer data. Beginning last summer, Microsoft, Google, and other companies filed lawsuits against the U.S. government arguing that we have a legal and constitutional right to disclose more detailed information about these demands. We contended that we should be able to disclose information about legal orders issued pursuant to U.S. national security laws such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which we had previously been barred from disclosing.

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Aug 30, 2013 | Brad Smith | Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Transparency Case|

Microsoft and Google to sue over US surveillance requests

Microsoft and Google are to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data. The companies announced the lawsuit on Friday, escalating a legal battle over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa), the mechanism used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US government agencies to gather data about foreign internet users.

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