For months on end, tech companies have been revealing national security letters which were sent to them. The letters that were from the FBI demanded user data without even providing a warrant. Just yesterday, Twitter joined the bandwagon and posted a statement about the two letters the company has received. These letters were no longer under restriction to disclose which is the reason why the tech giant released them.
Today, Yahoo has made an announcement regarding the national security letters they have received. These letters, which were sent two years ago, demanded data from their users. The three letters that were sent from the FBI also notified the company that they are not allowed to disclose any information regarding the requests until a review is made in the future. Elizabeth Banker, Twitter’s Associate General Counsel, went to her social media account about the lift of the gag order which meant that the company can already acknowledge the national security letters that have been sent to them.
Banker said in a post that they have provided Twitter account holders with copies of the NSLs that they deemed relevant. They have also talked to each account holder about which data the company was compelled to produce. The NSLs requested large amounts of data but Twitter provided limited data to abide by the Department of Justice’s federal law guidance.
She went on saying that their company has been unsatisfied with the processes of the FBI which have restricted them in being transparent to their users about requests they receive. Twitter is now in a lawsuit: Twitter v. Lynch. The lawsuit involves the government making a violation of the First Amendment for not allowing legitimate companies such as Twitter to make a proper response to concerns and statements of users.