Google, Facebook Meet with White House Panel on NSA Privacy Scandal

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Google, Facebook Meet with White House Panel on NSA Privacy Scandal

Following the recent scandal surrounding the United States’ National Security Agency, Google and Facebook met with a panel convened by the White House on Monday to discuss how to best handle the nation’s security and privacy interests as it relates to the sort of domestic surveillance exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

According to Reuters, both companies are seeking the right to reveal more information about their dealings with intelligence agencies like the NSA, especially with respect exactly how much access to customer data the technology companies actually grant the agencies.

The panel is called the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. The RGICT met with President Obama two weeks ago and is expected to report its findings two months from now.

Google has also asked for a public hearing with the usually private U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In this most recent filing, after their initial one in June, Google asserts that it has a First Amendment right to release more information about the NSA’s domestic surveillance as it relates to Google.

Google’s request also includes the complaint that inaccurate reports on such surveillance blemished its reputation among its customers. The internet company denies that the NSA had “direct access” to its customers’ data and that, of the national security requests it does get, only about 2,000 accounts are involved.

Facebook and Yahoo have made their own requests for permission to release more data to complete their side of the surveillance scandal story. Those requests were filed on Monday as well.