Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Jun 2013 17:02 UTC
Legal I didn't want to put this in the article on the coordinated PR campaign, but the fact that one company refuses to cooperate with the US government in the way Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others were more than willing to do, is very, very important. This means that the argument "but we had to do the things we did because Washington told us to" holds no water. Twitter's refusal proves that the others did not have to say yes - they chose to do so. Whenever someone - a corporate PR person, company blogger, or fanboy - tells you Microsoft, Apple, or Google had no choice, all you need to say is "Twitter".
Thread beginning with comment 564310
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
FunkyELF
Member since:
2006-07-26

If the requests are lawful then doesn't it make sense for these big companies to expedite the information and have efficient processes in place quickly process the requests?

I would expect big software companies to create special systems for handling such requests.

What is this "going above and beyond" what they're required to do? Sure they weren't required to set up portals but if they're going to get the information anyway why not provide it as quickly as possible.
I haven't heard anything about providing more data than required, the only complaints I've seen were about the portals themselves.

I just don't see it.

Reply Score: 2