There is a “serious misperception” about the National Security Agency’s PRISM program, Google chief legal officer David Drummond said in an exclusive interview with Fox News. On Tuesday the company pushed back against the layers of secrecy surrounding the agency’s alleged blanket snooping on American citizens.
“We were as shocked about those revelations as anyone,” Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond told Fox News, in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge.
On Tuesday the Internet giant wrote on its official blog that it had sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Robert Mueller, asking the agencies to allow Google to release more information about the national security orders it had received.
Google’s request comes days after the government publicly acknowledged that secret Foreign Inteligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests had been sent to Internet companies regarding their users’ activity.
“A serious misperception has been created in the wake of the disclosures around the Verizon national security order, around phone records as well as the disclosures about the so-called PRISM program,” Drummond told Fox News.
Google is asking to be able to publish FISA court requests as part of its biannual “transparency report” in which the company lists the number and kind of user data requests it receives from the government, Drummond said.
“Google’s numbers would clearly show that our compliance with these requests falls far short of the claims being made,” Drummond said in the letter.
Reports from the Guardian and the Washington Post stated that the NSA had “direct access” to the servers of Google, Facebook, and several other major internet companies. Drummond stressed that that simply wasn’t true — but legal restrictions were preventing him from offering further details.
Its obvious that Google is now trying to do damage control on their exposure so they dont lose customers, money and credibility. They need to be very careful with what they say because more leaks are coming out soon as per the NSA whistle blower.
Too bad they do not remember when this was exposed before all this happened. Here are some links to prove they are giving your data to the NSA and how Google is a front company. This is proof they have been doing it and they are running scared!
Google Comes Under Fire For ‘Secret’ Relationship With NSA
Court Rules NSA Doesn’t Have To Reveal Its Semi-Secret Relationship With Google
Google Exposed as NSA Front (im not a blowhorn man fan but this is an exception)