In what may be the greatest IT spectacle ever, Google and Microsoft joined forces Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013*. Logan Tittle of Newsy filed her video report this date as did many other folks in the tech business. It is common knowledge now that Edward Snowden has provided some documents possibly related to FISA and our nation's secret surveillance programs. The news about the partnership was initially reported on this date in the Microsoft blog Microsoft on the Issues and posted by their general counsel Brad Smith.
Actually, the IT giants Microsoft and Google brought the lawsuit against FISA in June and *the real news is Mr. Smith's posting of this date. Logan goes on to report that the negotiations to delay/proceed the lawsuit have broken down. The government has requested delays at least half a dozen times. But, she reports that James Clapper (Director of National Intelligence) says he is releasing some of the data in question. A logical concession is that not all of the processes and practices be revealed.
The timetable for resuming was supposed to be yesterday, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. ZD Net posted the information then. They also posted a link to that briefing order in their post. A link to that order may also be found in the Examiner's link to FISA (posted above). As it is the holiday weekend, there may be no information as to whether or not the Aug. 30 date was achieved by Microsoft and Google regarding FISA and their request for transparency from the court.
Back to Brad Smith, in his post of this date he gives at least one example of their transparency requests. Microsoft and Google apparently believe there must be some sort of secure publication of the government demands for text message and email content. After all, wouldn't you like to know if your text message or email content was secretly turned over? But the law (Sec. 215 H. R. 3162) backs them up in regards to FBI seizure of "certain business records". It's about the battle for FISA demands (with possibly other government agencies) by Microsoft and Google for transparency of your secretly intercepted communications.