Google and Twitter transparency reports show increases in government demands for user data and requests to censor Internet users. Google and Twitter have made a positive effort to share how government surveillance operates, but we need more. Sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom and urge companies you know to sign on and make transparent processes paramount: http://openmedianow.net/declaration
Article by Trevor Timm for EFF:
Yesterday, Twitter released its second semi-annual transparency report, which details the numbers behind every user data demand, censorship order and copyright takedown request that the micro-blogging site received in the second half of 2012.
As with Google’s transparency report last week, there was a clear increase in government demands for user data, with the United States leading the way by far. Censorship requests from around the world also increased. In addition, the report shed valuable light on the copyright takedown procedure that also often results in undue censorship.
With their respective reports, Twitter and Google are leaders in a positive new trend of sharing information that sheds new light on just how government surveillance and censorship works. It should be a model for other companies, including Facebook, Skype, and cell phone carriers. Read more »
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