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We have long pushed for transparency so users can better understand the extent to which governments request their data—and Google was the first company to release numbers for National Security Letters. However, greater transparency is needed, so today we have petitioned the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to allow us to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately. Lumping national security requests together with criminal requests—as some companies have been permitted to do—would be a backward step for our users.
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This is a step in the right direction Google, you had us all freaked out there for a minute...
 
You don't need to tout FIRST on everything. Can't you be a modest company for once?
-From a Goog Fanboy
 
They are foreigners... Why care? 

(I'm brazilian)     
 
If you are really pushing for transparency, allow us access to the information you gather on us under the "Information we get from your use of our services" heading in your privacy policy:
http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/
Until then , you are just blowing smoke.
 
How about instead of how many users, you tell the individual users that big brother is watching? 
 
I am very disappointed with this "big brother" issue and it is disgusting that Google allows the Government to pry on our letters and other private information.
 
+Marco Mugnatto u do use Google product's so even if you are Brazilian, if you make a potentional thret to nationl security you ll be owned by evry instance.

If you don't have anything to hide, only then don't care aboute such thing.
But then again what aboute the privacy and how far ll such things go in the future?
 
+Toms Adijans So explain to me why the same thing you said doesn't apply to american citizens?     
 
I'm no lawyer, but doesn't admitting to turning over data to the current US Junta after the fact effectively announce that Google has broken it's own TOS agreement with those users, at least?  Not that it matters, really.  Just an interesting academic point, and an object lesson in the tiered justice system of our country.
 
+Mathias Lindberg Just because you have nothing to hide, doesn't mean that they should have a right to look.
After all, I don't do anything illegal in the bathroom, but that doesn't mean that I want the government (or google) installing a camera there.
 
This is bullshit! Fuck NSA! Fuck FBI! Fuck American government paranoia! Where the fuck is OUR FREEDOM?!

 
+Mathias Lindberg if you don't mind having your privacy violated, then I am happy for you, as you will probably spend a lower percentage of your life being pissed off than most of the rest of us.
But just because you don't mind if they do it, doesn't make it legally or morally acceptable for them to do it.
google supported CISPA, and they have supported this spying; so they shouldn't now expect for me to be impressed that they are offering to quantify a small part of their duplicity.
 
Americans, fighting for the right to own guns and watch porn online without their wives finding out. Abraham Lincoin would be so proud.
 
+Toms Adijans I think you misunderstand. The american program allows spying on foreigners ONLY. I was being ironic. Why does the american citizens care. The ones being spied aren't them
 
People, you need to understand, Google's data belongs to the government. If it wasn't so they would not be able to request it - and get their hands on it.

We are data pints to be calculated.
 
+William Gray Being FIRST is important in order to set a trend. It's easy to copy what someone else does once they're able to observe if the outcome was successful - it's much more important for progress to be a pioneer and an agent of change - that's the importance of acting FIRST.
 
+Russ Greeno 
"Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

You minimize one of the fundamental rights enumerated in the compact that binds us as countrymen, Ben Franklin and he fellow delegates would be so disappointed.
 
+Mathias Lindberg If everyone though the way you do, things like secrecy of correspondence and similar legal principles would never make it into constitution of any nation...
 
If they spy on me... I am allowed now official to spy on them... And China also... I'm right? Same rights for everybody... Democratically spoken... 
 
America's Government assumes everyone intends to attack them. When I cross the border, they treat me like a terrorist until proven citizen. It's a level of paranoia that is isolating their people. And most of them aren't educated enough to understand that. I'm your neighbor. Not your enemy. Don't become mine. 
 
I'm not totally true anyway. But the emphasis is on foreigners.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 is a United States law which prescribes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of "foreign intelligence information" between "foreign powers" and "agents of foreign powers" (which may include American citizens and permanent residents suspected of espionage or terrorism)
 
+Mathias Lindberg Honestly I wouldn't mind living in a world where everything that everyone did online was a matter of public record; and I also wouldn't mind living in a world where everything that everyone did online was private.
What I object to is living in a world where we are legally assured that we have the right to privacy when we do not.  I am not objecting so much to google and the NSA invading my privacy, as I am objecting to them lying about it, and doing it against the constitution of the country that I live in and have fought for.
 
I care that they look because it doesn't take that much to make anyone look like a terrorist, or pedo, or creep or unhireable. I care because there is no oversight or regulation and i care because this goes against what i was raised to believe my rights were.
 
I don't care about privacy on the streets of the town, but e-mail is a private thing like the interior of my home
 
fantastic. It's good you are now backing your customers. This is important stuff. 
 
Anybody that spouts the "I don't care" rhetoric, please feel free to leave your Google account information in the comments below. 
 
+1,000,000 for +Google !

NOW do you see the important of pseudonyms for our Google+ accounts?  Do you see it yet, +Google ?
 
It's not too late Google. Turn around before your moral compass is turned upside down. No company stays true to its ideals once it is in bed with the govt. What the US govt is trying to pull here puts even China to shame.
 
Took all my up coming patents off the cloud seeing +Google boss at the secret Bilderberg meeting with all those bankers and Government people. How's that for transparency.
 
Hey Google also make a list for those of us who don't mind the NSA looking at our data. I am fine with it as nothing to hide nor would I actually hide any thing that could be compromised online.
 
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A registered user can't do nothing in this case as privacy terms already stated the limitations. Criminals won't use internet things for their safety and I do believe there are still many people out there (including users) remember the connection between the fallen Yahoo! and September 11.  Users get less faith on privacy terms.
 
+Mathias Lindberg you say that private photos and videos ending up online would be your own fault. It starts with online activity being shared, how long before it extends beyond that?
Erosion of privacy is a slippery slope and means sacrificing your freedom for security.
Information is power. Having your private information grants them power over you. And who will govern how the powerful use that information?
With your current mindset; your personal and private photos and videos ending up online would be your own fault!
Just sayin'...
 
+Keven Gélinas Sorry, that is a way for you to do their job for them by specifically requesting ads instead of allowing them to pick them.
It gives no access whatsoever to the data I am talking about.  For example, if you have a google app on your phone, does it give you access to
"your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls."
Which is straight from the "Information we collect" section of this website:
http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

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I am indian user. Can I sue you as per Indian law
 
Just encrypt everything. Sure they could brute force crack it, but every family picture email and smiley reply? Lots more wasted clock cycles.
 
i prefer sueing to encryption
 
Yes well I know how to do the 1.
 
And it keeps my stuff safe-er.
 
+Demis Bellot
If being 1st is so important then why didn't Google take this petition to the courts in 2009 when they were 1st approached? Maybe bcoz they felt they could get away with betraying their users and sucking the government teet? It worked well for Google until June 6th 2013... then all hell broke loose.
 
This post is an unsigned document. If there is no name attached to this statement from +Google , it is safe to assume it's a product of their PR Department. Notice there is no interaction or replies. 
 
Guess lot's have been sleeping. They spit the fiber to their own basement. Before 9/11 they were telling them they need the encryption keys because they were having a harder time to brute force cause the networks where starting to put out way better encryption so the satellites chip hacker couldn't get in. They needed the keys for breaking in in case of an emergency to broadcast to the people.
 
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+Google  i don't trust you!

This is bullshit! Fuck NSA! Fuck FBI! Fuck American government paranoia! Where the fuck is OUR FREEDOM!
 
Big hurray for Google! Now maybe you can be the 'first' to start paying your taxes.
 
+molly bloom
So if I read you correctly. You are saying there are no limits as to what you will surrender IF it may prevent something awful??? 
 
+molly bloom 
This reminds me of the old joke that may or may not concern W. Churchill:

Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?
Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course…
Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five pounds?
Socialite: Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!
Churchill: Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.

So, +molly bloom, you have stated that you are willing to allow the government to occasionally violate the fourth amendment in clear violation of our highest laws, on the off chance that it might stop something bad sometime.
Would you accept the government assigning an agent to watch you 24 hours as day (even in bed and in the bathroom) while listening to every word you say, and reading everything that you write. At all times.  On the off chance it might prevent something bad sometime?
What if the agent were authorized to deliver electric shocks if he didn't like what you were doing? (and I assure you, he has no sense of humor)

We have already determined what kind of person you are, now we are just haggling over the price.
 
+Mihai Topan Your freedom went through the door the day you allowed your politicians to sacrifice it in the name of security. That day was the day your legislature allowed for the passing of the Patriot Act, and then all other security related laws that have passed since.

That is what happened to your freedom, my friend.
 
How about you petition that gov't to dismantle of the FISA courts and revoke all the powers of the Patriot Act? This should be your starting point.
 
"Give um an inch..." You know the rest... 
 
How is that petition to the government going +Google ? Updates? Awful silent lately.
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