NSA

Microsoft Requests Permission to Disclose FISA Court Rulings

Doesn't want customers to think it provides government "direct access to servers"

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Microsoft has joined Google in asking to reveal how many times it has been ordered to disclose data under the Foreign IntelligenceSurveillance Act (FISA), the mechanism used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US government agencies to gather data about foreign internet users.

The request was made on 19 June in a secret court filing to the FISA court – which issues warrants for data requests – but was unsealed this week.