News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
You are here: Home / World Wide Web / Microsoft Asks To Tell More FISA Stats
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Microsoft Seeks Permission To Give Security Request Totals
Microsoft Seeks Permission To Give Security Request Totals
By Jennifer LeClaire / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JUNE
27
2013



Microsoft and Google don't often agree, but when it comes to getting government permission to publish totals on how many requests for data it sees from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), they are finding common ground.

"Disclosure of the aggregate data would not plausibly jeopardize the secrecy of any particular FISA or FAA directive that Microsoft may have received," Microsoft said in a court filing.

Google made a similar request last week. Federal authorities, with the approval of FISC, have the right to ask for use data from tech companies under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. But the court has ruled that companies must keep silent about the requests.

Playing the First Amendment Card

Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Facebook all got permission from the FBI to reveal the number of requests for user data that all law enforcement agencies made between Dec. 1, 2012 and May 31, inclusive of criminal, inclusive of FISA and other requests. But the specific number and nature of FISA requests remains unknown.

Microsoft already tried its luck with the FBI and the Department of Justice but was denied permission to release the data. The company is now aggressively arguing that barring the publication of the data would constitute a content-based restriction on speech that fails to satisfy strict scrutiny, in violation of the First Amendment.

"The First Amendment does not permit the government to bar Microsoft from speaking about an issue of great importance to its customers, shareholders, and the public while, simultaneously, senior government officials are speaking publicly about the very same subject," Microsoft continued.

Doing Damage Control

"China is actually boycotting all Cisco hardware. These companies certainly don't want to be painted with the same broad brush so they can't sell in places like China," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. "Microsoft wants to be able to point out that it is providing everything it can, and pare down this perception that everybody's data is at risk. Microsoft is trying to mitigate some of the damage that's been done."

Enderle believes Congress is on the side of the tech giants, preferring to disclose as much information as possible. He expects a major effort to limit government requests without due process. And he believes the FISC will ultimately rule to release the requested numbers because so much has already leaked.

"I don't see any more damage that would be done by talking about the information being disclosed. The government now is trying to contain the damage to U.S. corporations. The damage could be large and material. If nothing else that speaks to tax revenues," Enderle told us.

"I actually think it's likely that they are going to see these requests approved because it pares down the context of the volume of data being provided. The bigger issue is that the program was outed in the first place."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there's a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know by accessing the white paper, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup". Access the White Paper now.
MORE IN WORLD WIDE WEB
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Russian Gang with Stolen IDs Hacks Hosting Company
In August, a Russian cyber gang obtained what researchers called “the largest cache of stolen data." Now, those hackers may be putting their ill-gotten gains to criminal use.
 
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's New FX Series CPU Breaks Processing Speed Record
The new FX-8370 processor from Advanced Micro Devices has set a record for silicon processor speed, the company announced. Overclocked, the eight-core chip was measured at 8722.78 MHz.
 
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Rumor Mill Puts Mobile Wallet in iPhone 6
Apple is moving toward the mobile wallet world with its next iPhone. The tech giant has partnered with retailers, banks and major payment networks to make it happen, according to Bloomberg.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.