Google asks permission from US Government to publish security forces information requests in bid to counter PRISM reports

Google has moved to reassure its users over their privacy by asking the US Government permission to openly publish the requests for information it has received from the country’s security forces.

The Telegraph reports that David Drummond, chief legal officer for Google, has contacted the Attorney general and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ask them to allow the company to include the questions in its transparency report.

The move has been made following the revelations by The Guardian US over the US Government’s PRISM programme which named Google, Facebook and Apple amongst major tech companies as sources where user’s data were being mined.

All of the companies have denied their involved in the programme since the reports began last week, with the source of the National Security Agency leak, Edward Snowdon, coming forward on Monday voluntarily.

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