Google Insists It’s Not Colluding With Government to Spy on Citizens

PRISM is a clandestine national security electronic surveillance program operated by the United States National Security Agency since 2007

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Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government’s demands for email and other personal information transmitted online.

Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. have also supported putting pressure on the U.S. Justice Department in an effort to disclose demands being made by the government for users’ information.

Google wrote a letter yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller asking if it’s ok to reveal the nature of the government’s requests in an effort to challenge reports that the company has been eager to assist the National Security Agency in gaining access to large amounts of its users’ online communications as part of a secret program code-named “PRISM.”