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Google denies allowing NSA to tap servers

"I’m not sure I can say this more clearly: we’re not in cahoots with the NSA and there’s is no government program that Google participates in that allows the kind of access that the media originally reported," Drummond said in response to a question asked during a live Web chat hosted by U.K. newspaper The Guardian.

"There is no free-for-all, no direct access, no indirect access, no back door, no drop box," he added.

Drummond's participation in the Q&A session comes a day after Google filed a petition asking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to publish the aggregate number of national security requests it receives for user data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), citing its First Amendment rights.

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