Flere av de store nettselskapene som hevdes å ha samarbeidet med National Security Agency går nå ut og ber om lov til å fortelle om samarbeidet. De sier de har ingenting å skjule.
Selskapenes omdømme har blitt skadelidende etter at Edward Snowden blåste PRISM-programmet. De ønsker å rette opp skaden ved å tilby større åpenhet om hvordan de imøtekommer myndighetenes ønsker om innsyn. Men foreløpig er den føderale regjering taus.
Google on Tuesday published an open letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller IIIrequesting the right to report publicly the numbers and scope of national security data requests, a move that would allow Google to significantly expand its semiannual “transparency reports” on the information sought by courts and police worldwide.
“Google has nothing to hide,” wrote Chief Legal Officer David Drummond. The Justice Department declined to comment.
Facebook soon after issued a statement suggesting that it may start publishing its own “transparency reports” — a move the company has long resisted. “We urge the United States government to help make that possible by allowing companies to include information about the size and scope of national security requests we receive, and look forward to publishing a report that includes that information,” wrote Ted Ullyot, general counsel to Facebook. (Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham is on Facebook’s board.)
Microsoft issued a statement as well, saying that greater transparency “would help the community understand and debate these important issues.”
Yahoo said late Tuesday that “we recognize the importance of privacy and security, and we also believe that transparency . . . will help build public trust.”
Dermed har selskapene sparket ballen over til Justisdepartementet, som forventes å svare med en tilsvarende åpenhet.