Dropbox wants to tell the world what the government asks of them


The words “transparency” and “US government requests” rarely go well in the same sentence, but some companies such as Google and Twitter have been able to make it work. Now, Dropbox wants the same type of privilege.

Cloud storage locker Dropbox has joined Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook in their quest for permission to publish the number of data requests they have received from the U.S. government, and the number of users affected by those requests.

Dropbox filed a brief with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court asking for confirmation that it has the right to report the number of national security requests it receives, if any, Dropbox said in an update to its transparency report page on Monday.

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