Google asks US secret court to lift gag order

WASHINGTON (AP) Google is asking the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to lift its long-standing gag order on how often the company is asked to turn over data about its customers to the U.S. government.

Saying that it has a constitutional right to free speech, Google filed a motion Tuesday asking that it be allowed to disclose the number of data requests that come from secret orders approved by the court.

Google is among nine Internet companies identified this month as complicit in a broad surveillance program, called PRISM, that’s run by the National Security Agency.

The revelation of the program’s details by a former NSA contractor has sparked a national debate about the privacy of Americans’ communications.
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