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The big names in Internet services have decided to stand up to the government. The government has been requesting a lot of user data. They haven’t given companies permission to give notice about these requests. But Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple are going to do it anyway. Twitter has been doing this for three years now.
Policies on Data Request Notices
The four tech companies have decided to tell their users when the government requests their data. There are conditions where the companies will not share data, though. The companies are in the process of updating their privacy policies to reflect this. The privacy policies will explain any special conditions that affect data request notifications. One of these conditions is when the court, FISA, or FBI orders the company to withhold notification from the user for national security reasons.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple asked the government for permission to give users notification of data requests. This was last year, and so far the government has given no response. So these big players have decided to go ahead and announce government data requests to the users concerned. A representative of the companies says that this move will work to put unchecked government data gathering on ice.
Four of the biggest names in Internet services have taken a brave stand here. They are no longer going to respond submissively to government data requests. They will comply, but they will also protect their users’ right to know when their data is requested. And users are going to be notified in advance of the data turnover. The authorities are unhappy about this because they say it can destroy investigations by warning criminal suspects. Giving them time to dispose of evidence will allow them to get away. But gag orders in matters of national security are still possible. So there remains a fair balance that will protect innocent users while giving the authorities room to move in on real offenders.
Data Request Notices and VPNs for Privacy Ease Concerns
Data request notifications are a boon for a lot of Internet users and privacy advocates. They have been fighting for online privacy rights for years. Now people don’t have to worry whether or not the government is secretly spying on them. VPNs for privacy like ExpressVPN have been helping people to maintain their privacy online. But VPNs for privacy do not stop the government from taking your account data from companies. And these companies are still tracking users’ every move on their various services.
VPNs for privacy can help users to mask their trails as they surf the web. But there is still a lot of personally identifiable data that is shared on these services. And these companies are often careless in their data sharing procedures. Account security on these services is also less than stellar. VPNs for privacy have helped users keep their accounts safe from breaches. And VPNs for privacy help users minimize the data that is recorded by these companies so it can’t be sent along with data requests.
In addition, the government will probably stop requesting for data rather than have people know when their data is being requested. They are working on remote access searches, though, which will allow them to access any computer or network remotely. It is important that users have VPNs for privacy to secure as much of their personal data as they can.