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Google asks government to reveal data on national security requests – as it happened

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our <b>live blog coverage</b> for the day.<p><b>Both Google and Facebook called on the government to allow them to publish reports on national security requests.</b> However the Fisa court orders requiring transfer of the data have been top secret, and it appeared very unlikely that the …

NSA scandal: Microsoft and Twitter join calls to disclose data requests

Microsoft and Twitter have joined calls by Google and Facebook to be able to publish more detail about how many secret requests they receive to hand over user data under the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa).<p>"Permitting greater transparency on the aggregate volume and scope …

Google and Facebook ask DoJ for permission to publish Fisa requests

Google and Facebook have called for the US authorities to allow them to fully disclose the number of secret requests they receive to hand over users' data.<p>The Silicon Valley companies, with rivals including Apple, have been left reeling after the disclosure by the Guardian and Washington Post of …

Welcome to Utah, the NSA's desert home for eavesdropping on America

Drive south down Camp Williams Road, a highway outside Salt Lake City, and your eye is drawn to the left. A gun-mounted helicopter and other military hardware marks the entrance of the Utah army national guard base. The ice-capped Rockies soar in the distance.<p>To the right there is little to see: …

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.<p>The files provided by Edward …

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data<br>• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches<br>• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history<br>• NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts …