Google opts out of FISA disclosure deal made by Facebook and Microsoft, calls it ‘a step back for users;’ Twitter agrees
Google is unsatisfied with the deal that Microsoft and Facebook have made with the US government with regard to publishing how many requests for user information they both receive. Facebook and Microsoft released reports tonight detailing how many requests got from US government agencies in the second half of 2012 — including FISA requests. The deal, however, comes with strings that Google apparently doesn’t want to be tied to. There were restrictions put on the Facebook and Microsoft’s disclosures that make them fairly useless if you’re interested in determining how many FISA requests have come in. As Microsoft says, it can only include the number of FISA requests is receives so long as it is “aggregated with law enforcement requests..