Would offer that in this case the US (FBI) is not promoting free speech online…. maybe for national security reasons, but who besides the FBI and Google knows, and google by law is prohibited from even sharing with the subject(s) of the inquiry any information
A federal judge has ruled that Google must comply with the FBI’s warrantless requests for confidential user data, despite the search company’s arguments that the secret demands are illegal.
CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco rejected Google’s request to modify or throw out 19 so-called National Security Letters, a warrantless electronic data-gathering technique used by the FBI that does not need a judge’s approval. Her ruling came after a pair of top FBI officials, including an assistant director, submitted classified affidavits.