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The US attorney general is reviewing a letter from Microsoft asking that it be allowed to publish more detail about US National Security Agency requests for user data.
The software giant suggests a gagging order is unconstitutional.
Leaked documents indicate the company has provided access to emails, Skype video calls and uploaded documents.
Microsoft has said that it only provides "specific data" after checking the legality of the requests.
It added that: "Numerous documents are now in the public domain.
"As a result, there is no longer a compelling government interest in stopping those of us with knowledge from sharing more information, especially when this information is likely to help allay public concerns."Microsoft Calls For Greater Transparency Over NSA Security Requests [bbc.co.uk]
Today we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information. We believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedom to share more information with the public, yet the Government is stopping us. For example, Government lawyers have yet to respond to the petition we filed in court on June 19, seeking permission to publish the volume of national security requests we have received. We hope the Attorney General can step in to change this situation.Responding to government legal demands for customer data [blogs.technet.com]
especially when this information is likely to help allay public concerns