intercept: The FBI secret subpoena, known as a national security letter, does not require a court approval. by Jenna McLaughlin
'Investigators simply need to clear a low internal bar demonstrating that the information is “relevant to an authorized investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.”
'The national security letter issued to Google was mentioned without fanfare in Google’s latest bi-annual transparency report, which includes information on government requests for data the company received from around the world in the first half of 2016.
'Google received the secret subpoena in first half of 2015, according to the report.'