Google asks FISA court to lift gag order

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 5:03 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google is asking the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to lift its long-standing gag order on how often the company is asked to turn over data about its customers to the federal government.

Claiming that it has a First Amendment right to free speech, Google filed a motion Tuesday asking that it be allowed to disclose the number of data requests that come from secret orders approved by the court.

Google is among nine Internet companies identified earlier this month as complicit in a broad Internet surveillance program, called PRISM, that's run by the National Security Agency. Revelation of the program's details by a former NSA contractor has sparked a national debate about the privacy of Americans' communications from government monitoring.

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