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Posted June 27, 2013
The Microsoft booth is pictured at the Computex trade fair in Taipei on June 4, 2013. Microsoft has joined Google in a legal push for permission to disclose more information about secret government requests for data, according to a US court filing made public.

The Microsoft booth is pictured at the Computex trade fair in Taipei on June 4, 2013. Microsoft has joined Google in a legal push for permission to disclose more information about secret government requests for data, according to a US court filing made public.

Microsoft has joined Google in a legal push for permission to disclose more information about secret government requests for data, according to a US court filing made public.

Microsoft’s legal request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) on June 19th came a day after a similar petition by Google.

The US technology titans argue that they want to reassure people who use their products and services in the aftermath of revelations that the National Security Agency had accessed vast amounts of data in a surveillance program under the supervision of the special court, which operates in secret.

“The media has erroneously reported that the alleged PRISM program enables the US government to ‘tap directly into the central servers’ of Microsoft and other electronic communication service providers,” Wednesday’s filing argued.

“Microsoft has sought, and continues to seek, to correct the misimpression, furthered by such inaccurate media reporting, that it provides the US government with direct access to its servers and network infrastructures.”

Microsoft asked the court to grant it permission to disclose aggregate data about government requests that are deemed secret, noting that deputy counsel general John Frank has ‘top secret’ clearance with the Department of Defense.

Read more at: Phys.org

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