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Google insists NSA doesn’t have ‘unfettered access’ to user data, wants more FISA disclosures

Published Jun 11th, 2013 2:40PM EDT
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Google is not happy that its users think it’s giving the National Security Agency troves of their data and now it wants the government’s permission to clear the air. In a letter sent Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI director Robert Mueller, Google asked the government to ease up on some of its nondisclosure restrictions for national security request data so it can show users exactly what it’s handing over to government officials. Google also flatly denied that it gives the government “unfettered access” to its servers despite “assertions in the press,” and said that letting it show more information on national security requests would “serve the public interest without harming national security.”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.