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Google Takes on Rare Fight Against National Security Letters

Google has filed a rare petition to challenge an ultra-secret national security letter issued by the government to obtain private data about one or more of its users.

The extraordinary petition, which was filed under seal in the U.S. District Court of Northern California on March 29, comes just days after a U.S. District Judge in California ruled in a case brought by an unnamed company and the Electronic Frontier Foundation that so-called NSLs that come with a gag order on the recipient are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech.

In early March, Google signaled an interest in becoming more transparent about the NSLs it has received by releasing a report for the first time showing a “range” of times that it received NSL’s from the FBI.

In filing its recent court challenge, Google has joined a very small club of NSL recipients who have taken on the civil liberties interests of users by fighting back against orders that until now have been issued under the cloak of secrecy and generally without oversight.

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on related news
Google Says the FBI Is Secretly Spying on Some of Its Customers

You will not see any other Major company(Apple, MS) do anything even remotely similar to this.

Judge: We can't rely on what Apple tells court in privacy suit U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal

Apple must detail for a court what it's doing to produce documents in a privacy suit, a judge ruled, saying he has already "refereed" this particular dispute and that he can no longer believe what the company tells him.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal issued the order March 6 after the plaintiffs in the case accused Apple of withholding documents it had been ordered to turn over. He noted that while the plaintiffs "presented to the court little more than suspicions that Apple has withheld responsive documents," Apple provided enough evidence on its own to indicate to the court that it hasn't complied with the order. He added that Apple's outside counsel "admitted as much" at a March 5 hearing.

The suit, filed in 2011, accuses Apple of violating privacy laws by keeping a log of user locations via iPhone even if customers had turned off geolocation capabilities. Apple has fought against providing certain documents that it says contain sensitive information that could harm the company and millions of its customers if it fell into the wrong hands.

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The plaintiffs in the privacy suit are accusing Apple of collecting customers’ location data on their iPhones even when they have their geo-location services switched off and of giving third parties access to customers’ location data without their consent. Apple has tried to withhold revealing some documents requested in the case by arguing that their release could jeopardize customer privacy. Grewal, however, still ordered Apple to produce the documents and became upset when the company allegedly took over three months to verify whether it had complied with his order.

“Luckily for the plaintiffs, Apple has provided more than enough evidence itself to suggest to the court that it has not fully complied with the court’s order,” Grewal wrote this week. “In light of Apple’s performance in this case, the court cannot rely on its representations that this time it really has or will produce all responsive documents.”


This lawsuit was the result of the Iphone Tracking Scandal

iSpy Conspiracy: Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You’ve Been, All The Time

This is a map of everywhere I've been for nearly the last year. Everywhere. I didn't carry around a special tracking device. The FBI isn't sending goons in unmarked vans to track me. All I did was use an iPhone. And if you have an iPhone, you're being tracked right now, too, whether you like it or not.

It turns out that all our iPhones are keeping a record of everywhere you've been since June. This data is stored on your phone (or iPad) and computer, easily available to anyone who gets their hands on it.

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But..But...Apple would never do this?
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