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Twitter Backs Google, Says Facebook Made Mistake in Data Disclosure Deal With Feds

After Facebook came to an agreement with the Federal government in which the social giant could disclose information request numbers to the public, Google said Facebook’s deal wasn’t enough, condemning Facebook for agreeing to publish the data in aggregate. Twitter legal director Ben Lee chimed in shortly thereafter, siding with Google: “We agree with @Google: It’s important to be able to publish numbers of national security requests — including FISA disclosures — separately,” he said in a tweet on Friday evening. The back and forth comes in the wake of a week of intense scrutiny of the NSA and tech companies, after whistleblower Edward Snowden released a series of potentially damning documents suggesting a data-sharing relationship between the Feds and a number of Valley giants.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik