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Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests the court makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it is forced to give the government.
The legal filing, which invokes the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, is the latest move by the California-based tech giant to protect its reputation in the aftermath of news reports about broad National Security Agency surveillance of Internet traffic.Google Cites "First Amendment" Challenging Gag Order Over Data Requests [washingtonpost.com]
“Google’s users are concerned about the allegations. Google must respond to such claims with more than generalities,” it said.