Reddit removes passage about secret government requests from report




Reddit has his’ transparancy report “deleted a passage about 2015 about how it never had secret requests for data from the US government. That passage was still in the report on 2014. This indicates that there has been such a request.

The passage to Reddit never had a request for information in the report of 2014 can be found under “national security requests. The whole paragraph is missing in the report of 2015 . This seems to indicate that the US government Reddit via a National Security Letter or the law for electronic espionage FISA to data requested, but the site will not confirm that. Reddit director Steve Hofman says the site even with the removal of the passage a “thin line” walks, by which he means that the government of the United States might have problems with the removal of the passage.

If the US government requests for data occurs through a National Security Letter or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA, lies with a company like Reddit, companies may not say anything about and not even confirm that there has been such a request. The removal of the passage can serve as confirmation. In practice, that often requests from the FBI or NSA.

It is unknown what data would see the US government. Some users suggest that whistleblower Edward Snowden last year some ama -Interviews did on Reddit. The government would probably be interested in the metadata of the account of Snowden.

If it is not about not secret requests, Reddit may request or disclose and that it has done in his report. In total, it got 98 applications in 2015, a sharp increase from 55 in 2014. The vast majority of these requests, 77 were from the US government.


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