Companies Forced To Anonymously Fight Back Against FBI Surveillance – 18 February 2015

RT logoTwo companies are asking the United States government to let Twitter publish details about secret requests the social media site has received from law enforcement, but the Justice Department says national security requires those entities to not be named.

The fate of the United States government’s ability to silently serve tech companies with a type of court order that compels firms to hand over private user data to federal authorities is currently being fought, predictably, cloak-and-dagger.

A lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California late last year by Twitter, the social networking platform, seeks to have a federal court judge say that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s practice of serving companies with National Security Letters, or NSLs – a type of administrative subpoena issued often with gag orders and almost always absent judicial oversight – violates the Constitution.

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