Google Cites First Amendment In Challenge To FISA Secrecy Order

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Google formally protests a secret court's gag order, saying it has a constitutional right to speak about information the government compels it to provide.

Google, eager to salvage its security-related reputation in the wake of disclosures about the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, has asked a secretive intelligence court to let it disclose more details regarding government requests for information about its users, reports the Washington Post. 

In a legal filing Tuesday, Google cited a First Amendment right to speak about the information it must legally provide to the government. The company is seeking to have the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court lift a gag order that prevents companies from discussing or describing surveillance orders issued by that court, even in general terms. 

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