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Automattic, the company behind content management and blogging platform WordPress, has complained that it can't reveal the full extent of state intelligence agencies' requests to probe users' accounts. The company's new National Security report reports that the company's recorded zero “national security requests” in 2015's …

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Exposing Enemy Action?

Has El Reg complied with state intelligence agencies requests to probe users' accounts and disclose privileged and proprietary information?

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Re: Exposing Enemy Action?

With http all over the site save for only the sending of username and password not the actual receiving of the form etc I doubt they'd need to ask for anything. It would seem about as open as could possibly be.

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Mark, although he seems to have gained a bit more AI recently, you should know that amanfrommars is a bot, which posts seemingly intelligent comments based on parsing the text in the article and other comments, sometimes with more success than others.

In this case, he approaches something like a coherant question, which is interesting, but the last few words let him down - replace "privileged and proprietary information" with "personal user information" and the comment would be perfect.

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Re: Sing Action?

:-) "comments based on parsing the text in the article and other comments" - you're talking about the lite version, AndyS? Possibly, one just needs to upgrade to get strucked by the enlightenment.

We're all bots, besides.

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posts seemingly intelligent comments based on parsing the text in the article and other comments, sometimes with more success than others

Isn't that what we all do? It also makes more sense than some "human" commenters on here at times...

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Exposing Enemy Action and confirming ITs Existential Threat within APT ACTivity?

In this case, he approaches something like a coherant question, which is interesting, but the last few words let him down - replace "privileged and proprietary information" with "personal user information" and the comment would be perfect. …. AndyS

Hi, AndyS,

Methinks there are those who would agree that privileged and proprietary information is inclusive of personal user information and a much more valid selection of words exploring a whole host of further considerations in and for the fields that be phishing and phorming both singular and collective input for mass and intelligent agency output.

????? Does a reluctance and/or failure to reasonably respond to a clear enough simple question indicate that privileged and proprietary information is/will be compromised with a reply which is not wholly truthful and hiding a secret? You know, that evasion of inquiry that destroys the legitimacy of all sorts of ponzi organisations and politically incorrect bodies.

We're all bots, besides. … Anonymous Coward

Quite so, most probably, AC. And all are not equal with some who may be both a few and many, considerably smarter and more active than ever before thought humanly possible.

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So, up to 125 then

OK, so if the count is in "bands of 250", any value 0 - 125 must be reported as 0. So, Automattic received 125 or less requests. Yeah, saying 0 is fairly misleading, I'd say.

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Re: So, up to 125 then

"None", as Automattic reports for 2014 and the first half of 2015, would appear to be 0, as does the sentence following their table: "We are pleased to report that we received no National Security Requests during 2014 or so far in 2015."

Rounding does not apply, and a positive number of requests less than half of 249 could not truthfully be shown as 0. Showing "0 - 249" for the first half of 2013 suggests there was at least one, and if they are being truthful, there were no more than 249.

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Re: So, up to 125 then

Surely 3-128 is a "band" of 125...

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Clarity through obsfucation

"We received between 1 and 250 requests. We're not saying we received between 171 and 173 requests."

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