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We have always believed that it's important to differentiate between different types of government requests. We already publish criminal requests separately from National Security Letters: http://goo.gl/OCFck Lumping the two categories together would be a step back for users. Our request to the government is clear: to be able to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately.

For more background please read this New York Times piece: http://goo.gl/t5P7e
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don´t be evil - google is the worst data collection maschine on earth, even bigger than PRISM !
 
Who can we trust, no one ?
 
+Arthur Brunner if you think that google is the worst data collection machine then probably you should stop using google products ? Just saying.. 
 
if someone is telling you to trust them ... well feel free, Fly, to trust Spider. It seems Facebook and MS took cowardly route compared to +Google  obeying a .gov request/instruction that may have had no legal authority? 
 
+Google keep giving data to the government to keep yourself friendly with the government and to keep the world safe as long as you keep providing me with amazing products and services (I'm #1 fan)
 
I wonder what could happend if Google stopped to give FISA their information until they give them permission to publish all request?
 
Is that deliberate that the Shortened URL contains O C Fck???
 
Google doesn't collect data, they quickly parse data that is already available on the internet. If you are concerned about security you should take the time to learn PGP, GnuPG and other encryption mechanisms that shroud your data even from the almighty Google. 
 
http://goo.gl/OCFck from them, We have always believed that it's important to differentiate between different types of government requests. We already publish criminal requests separately from National Security Letters: http://goo.gl/OCFck Lumping the two categories together would be a step back for users. Our request to the government is clear: to be able to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately. For more background please read this New York Times piece: http://goo.gl/t5P7e 
 
Interesting times for sure.
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the day of 'big brother' has been here. This is just another manifastation of it.
 
Hey, +Google , isn't the solution relatively simple? If you can't publish the data separately, but can when lumped. Then keep publishing as before on eg even months and lumped on odd months. The requirements are satisfied, while anyone with grain if common sense can extrapolate the real data from it. 
 
After reading it all, I understood what Google meant by 'a step back' . What FB n MS did, Google has been doing for years now. So it would be stupid to hide particular requests under the cloak of 'aggregate' .
I know the US Gov. thinks of itself as smart , but do they really think we are THAT stupid?!

Sorry Mr. Black Suits, this is a new age. You can be AS cynical and AS surreptitious as you can, WE will find out the truth! 
 
I got nothing to hide anyways
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Secret prisons, detention without charge (for years), redefinition of "torture", massive secret collection of citizens data. Where am I?! China?? Russia? North Korea?? Big brother is watching is an under-statement. Creative interpretation & redefinition of the constitution is like creative accounting. It will lead to an evaporation of values. Freedom and civil liberties come with a price but they are worth it. 

 "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety". -- (Benjamin Franklin, 1818)
 
I love +Google! Cheers to them for taking a stand and leading the way in asking the government to allow for more transparency.
 
+Juan Roldan me neither but I believe that Government also should not hide anything .
+guy g they do not remove any of your liberty as long as the information is given when there's is enough proof against these people.
 
On the one hand even with all the exposure of government overreaching us Americans are still allowed to say what we wish without immenent and real threat of getting a black bag over our heads.

On the other hand all this has basically destroyed my faith that we as a country aren't headed in that direction. Plus it's pretty well killed off the cloud in my eyes.

I want to believe you Google. I really do. You've been good to me for the past few years but it takes a lot to build trust back and I don't know hwo you can do it.

This is a step in the right direction though.
 
Im vague if this is mentioned in the Google's terms of use.
bilal b
 
Wish android 5.0 packs with very good features 😊
 
+Google Answer the question so many have ask. What exactly was your interpretation of the document you signed with the US government back in 2009?. You have constantly evaded answering this question. You claim you had no idea of Prism, of the vast collection of our info and others of the world. Then what EXACTLY were your beliefs about the compliance agreement Google signed in 2009???????
 
I see a lot of people scared to trust in the posts. Trust is implicit in life from the time you wake up until you fall asleep. You trust your alarm to wake you up and the coffee company to deliver a product free of defect and in the same way a farmer to grow your food or raise cattle in a way that won't kill you simply by eating it. You trust your appliance makers not to kill you with electricity or burn your house down, the pilot to not crash an aircraft you're in... the list is endless.
Google stores data with every intention of keeping it safe and using parts of it to increase their market value. The elected government (local or national) has to attempt to keep the public at large safe from various enemies both foreign and domestic. The fed has no time to concern itself with the mindless use of the Internet by Joe Bagodoughnuts and is asking for data to establish who is and isn't a danger. If you're not committing a crime what are you worried about? That your millions of pennies might get stolen because of your porn surfing habits or your hours of Pinterest browsing?
We should be more concerned with how to improve our personal relationships and the quality of life of the people in our lives and if we want to be nobel; how to improve the lives of orphans and the poor.
Thanks for letting us know Google what's going on in your world and the opportunity to air out some deep rooted trust issues.
 
The true victim of the scandal is the NSA, now they are not only scarred by our internet activity, but now they will be reminded of said scars
 
And +Google, don't try to sneak out of this one. Remember: YOU EARN YOUR MONEY ON PEOPLE TRUSTING YOU, INCLUDING WITH THEIR DATA. Break that trust and it is the beginning of the end for you. Now do the right things please. 
 
Do you like avg search
 
I think the point is that when we are communicating over email we don't know if the person we are emailing is who we think it is. We also don't know who else is reading our emails. I found out just recently that I have been gang stalked and some of the tactics used was to pretend to be people I knew and to forward my private emails to others. I think you should not trust any electronic media and don't put anything on an email you would not put on a postcard. 
 
Google should find a way to store everything encrypted without breaking their business model. Requests to intercept decryption from govt would then violate their own hacking laws. 
 
don't be evil,insist your creed,that's why I trust you
 
Isn't this article coming from the company that knows when you are at home, work, the gym, dinner, caches all your requests and predicts what you want to see by queerying this data? Wait don't you geo locate my searches too?

Google.... You are big brother. If we should trust you, we should trust elected officials that represent us.

In all reality I want to know they're listening to us.
 
So, you are asking a permission from a criminal organization, your government. To publish numbers that nobody can check for their validity.
 
+Aapo Talvensaari At least they're not just taking crap information, mixed with irrelevant junk and publishing like they're on our side, like Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft. At least they seem to be trying. From the looks of it, the NSA are bypassing everyone and going for the data jugular anyway. Privacy, at least in the US, is Officially dead. This is more than a PR nightmare for the US government. I just wonder if they really think it was worth it.
 
+Les Heifner I agree, and do hope there are good intentions with all this that Google is trying to do. But at this point, I don't see a company involved in big 9 publishing numbers does a much for tranparency. It merely just moves discussion to not so important side of this issue. If numbers are like Facebook's 20, 000 in half a year. Number sounds small but that is still 100 request a day (including weekends). How many people at Facebook does handle these request if it is not automated? At least there couldn't be anyone who can validate the requests in any meaningfull way. So Goigle's explanation about manually uploading stuff with FTP sounds unbelievable.
 
What happens to the US Govt.? They say they're the leaders of the world and have the best infrastructure.
If so, then why the hell is the govt. afraid of providing more transparency. To misuse data?
 
Gov't is looking for national security threats. If you're on a government watch list as a result, it's probably because you should be. If something ever happened and the intelligence community were NOT aware, the complaints would be coming out the OTHER side of people's mouths.
 
Who can we trust? Trust yourself!!
While some of the technical details may be beyond comprehension to some of the public the fact is, there's not much new here. Big Data technology has allowed more extensive data mining, but the techniques go back to Reader's Digest and Longines Symphonette Society mass mail marketing in the '70s.

Who promised you anonymity on the web? Remember. the "internet" as we know it was constructed by the US Dept of Defense.  DUH!!
 
Freedom of speech  means freedom for me to know what you said as well.  In this scenario of the telephone call data; the statutes say the FBI Director has precedents to know. Since everyone else is blocked; the whole scenario sounds fair to me.
 
If we flush the constitution down the toilet, what nation are we protecting in the name of national security? Does anyone really think these people's motives are altruistic? They are all doing and saying what is needed to keep their job. This goes for our lifelong career politicians, to the bureaucrats trying to make living, to the giant corporations whose job is to feed and feed off of the beast. I am in no way condoning any of this, in fact it makes me sick, but what would you be saying to John no iq public if denouncing this meant the lose of your job or your prestige. You would be doing what most of us do, and look out for number one, the big picture be damned. 
 
Privacy is gone and will not be back. That is the reality, and time we faced it. Our efforts will be better spent honing laws that adequately deal with the misuse of information.

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