/// Google Calls Facebook’s Data Disclosure Deal With The Feds "A Step Back For Users"

June 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Facebook disclosed information on how many information requests it received from government agencies on Friday, the first a major internet company has been able to do so. But Google, in a statement released on Friday evening in response, isn’t satisfied with Facebook’s deal with the Feds. “We have always believed that it’s important to differentiate between different types of government requests,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “We already publish criminal requests separately from National Security Letters. Lumping the two categories together would be a step back for users. Our request to the government is clear: to be able to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately.” To be clear, Facebook’s data disclosure deal with the federal government comes on the heels of a knock-down, drag-out battle behind the scenes with lawmakers in Washington over the past week. Consumers were on high alert after reports from the Guardian and The Washington Post suggested that major tech companies in the Valley were sharing private customer data with the government via a National Security Agency program, codenamed PRISM.

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Google Calls Facebook’s Data Disclosure Deal With The Feds "A Step Back For Users"



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