Google Is Trying To Gain Back User’s Trust, By Doing This

Google recently released documents from the National Security Agency, which had requested private user’s information, in order to gain back the trust of their users after Google was found manipulating search results during the election.

The Daily Caller reports:

“In our continued effort to increase transparency around government demands for user data, today we begin to make available to the public the National Security Letters (NSLs) we have received where, either through litigation or legislation, we have been freed of nondisclosure obligations,” Google Director of Law Enforcement and Information Security Richard Salgado said in an official blog post.

There is a catch, however.

Law enforcement agencies typically don’t allow organizations to make their requests public in fear of hindering the investigations. This means Google’s efforts are ultimately in vain, as the documents mean they still will mine private user’s information under request, and they won’t release all of the information requested.

The Daily Caller reports:

In what is known as a gag order, law enforcement agencies often don’t permit companies and organizations to disclose the petitioned information because they contend it could hamper their investigations.

 

But there are many more that are not released. The federal government submitted a record number of data requests for personal information of Google users in the second half of 2015.

Salgado continued on to claim that Google would continue to do whatever they could to release more documentation of their private infringement, shockingly not addressing the fact they were pulling private information from user’s computers for government surveillance use.

The Daily Caller reports:

While we are encouraged by this development, we will remain vigilant in opposing legislation that would significantly expand the universe of information that can be obtained with an NSL,” Salgado concludes in the statement.

In retrospect, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the United States Justice Department in September, claiming that using information from a person’s personal computer is unlawful and an infringement of privacy.

The Daily Caller reports:

In September, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice arguing that it is unconstitutional to seize computer data from third parties and subsequently issued gag orders so companies could not notify customers. Google joined Microsoft in its litigation by signing an amicus brief along with a number of other institutions, advocacy groups and businesses.

After Google was caught manipulating search engine results throughout the course of the presidential campaign, many began to question their aspects of privacy, particularly when using Google.

Google has since argued their supposed right to collect private data as long as it was conducted across an open wifi network – which is a fact not very reassuring to users.

What are your thoughts? Do you believe Google’s release of these documents helps their cause?

Or are you still bothered by the fact that Google is contracted by organizations to gain private user information?

Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Karma

    Private = belonging to or for the use of one particular person or group of people……i guess that doesnt mean much to people involved in secret things, societies, etc…secret = not known or seen or meant to be known or seen by others….they, (the govt) needs mind their own [email protected] business..we can all plainly see by the many leaks the govt itself is the one needing to be watched, checked into, etc..yet, their response to people doing the right thing, the whistleblowers, is to have the cia/etc look into the whistleblowers life, instead of into their own, whom the whistle was blown upon…