Google has filed a motion to end the gag order on the secret FISA court requests that it gets from the government as a part of the National Security Agencies surveillance, which could work considering how recent efforts to reveal the secrets of the secret court have gone. Just the other day, right after we all learned about PRISM, the court granted the Electronic Frontier Foundation a legal victory in its battle to uncover some of the secret courts secrets. Of course, that was just one tiny step in the path toward more transparency. And, the court made the current FISA disclosure deal with other tech companies, hoping to not give up this exact information. Plus, Google has tried this kind of thing before, asking for an end to National Security Letters — and failed. But, maybe other tech companies will hop and pressure the government to change its position?
The way it stands now, Google — among other tech companies cooperating with the program — can only publish the total number of requests it gets, both FISC ordered and otherwise. Google would like to outline the requests separately and has refused to participate in that method calling it a "step back for users." "Greater transparency is needed, so today we have petitioned the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to allow us to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately," Google said in a statement per the Washington Post's Craig Timberg. The filing also mentions the First Amendment.