Pioneer of search engine operations, Google has received a letter known as ‘National Security Letter’ from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US.The letter was delivered with a judge’s directive forbidding the public disclosure of information on a particular matter. Hence, the matter of the letter was kept confidential by Google officials. This came to lime light with the recent USA Freedom Act.
Though the Act has come into force, not much detail are publicized by the company officials. This shows that some more obligations lie with the letter related to legal formalities.
It is observed that the letter is delivered to the company by the investigating authorities in 2015 starting itself. The letter is related to ordering the company officials to attend a court. The investigating authorities have full rights to investigate without permission of Google to look into the matter as per the laws existing there.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Open Whisper Systems (OWS) have also received such letters from the FBI. This matter has been revealed after the USA freedom act has been announced. The ACLU also claimed that there are many other such cases that are undergoing in the closed doors of court rooms in the country.
The case was related two tracing of two individuals signal tracing.On the other hand, Google is tight lipped about all this news and watching. Officially it has till date not commented anything about the letter received nor the about the news that broke out now.
Many cases will be highlighted once a full pledged USA freedom act is enforced. The Internet has been the main source for all the agencies and departments of Investigation that were used before the Act declaration. Now once the freedom has been declared all those are under scanner.