National Security Demands (2014)

Medium
Medium
Jan 5, 2015 · 2 min read

The First Amendment empowers us to speak truthfully and frankly about government surveillance. It allows us to tell you about national security demands we have or haven’t received and how we’ve reacted to them.

In this section of our transparency report, we provide information about our receipt and response to national security demands. In the United States, for example, these include national security letters and orders issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

We are pleased to report that we have received zero national security demands to date.

The Justice Department currently takes the position that certain service providers must report the number of national security demands they receive only in large aggregate figures or ranges rather than giving exact numbers. This approach forces companies to tell an inaccurate story about the role they play in government surveillance.

Medium believes the constitution fundamentally protects our right to tell the truth. We intend to give you an accurate accounting of any national security demands we might or might not receive in the future because it is our right to do so.

For more context on national security demands, see:

  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s page on national security letters:
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s FAQ on warrant canaries:
  • Twitter’s recent lawsuit against the U.S. government arguing that these restrictions on our ability to speak about government surveillance as unconstitutional under the First Amendment:

Transparency Report

Medium is committed to transparency, fair practices, and…

Transparency Report

Medium is committed to transparency, fair practices, and the spread of information. To that end, we plan to publish a biannual transparency report summarizing the takedown demands and government information requests that we receive.

Medium

Written by

Medium

Everyone’s stories and ideas

Transparency Report

Medium is committed to transparency, fair practices, and the spread of information. To that end, we plan to publish a biannual transparency report summarizing the takedown demands and government information requests that we receive.

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store