We’re excited to announce that Canarywatch has added its 50th canary: First Look Media, the parent company for The Intercept—the news site created by journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill.
"Warrant canary" is a colloquial term for a regularly published statement that an internet service provider (ISP) has not received legal process that it would be prohibited from saying it had received, such as a national security letter.
Canarywatch.org is a collaboration between EFF, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, New York University’s Technology Law & Policy Clinic, and the Calyx Institute. The goal of Canarywatch is to educate people about warrant canaries, gather all the canaries we know of in one place, and help people with a special interest in canaries track them.
It’s been five months since Canarywatch launched, and since then the coalition has been inundated with submissions. The site initially launched with only 12 canaries. But since then, not only has Canarywatch had submissions of canaries we may not have known about, we’ve also seen some major sites, like Cheezburger.com and DEF CON add canaries—some of them with direct references to Canarywatch.
First Look Media couldn’t be a more appropriate 50th canary. The publication launched last year with the short-term goal of “providing a platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.” The site even published a blog post entitled “How to Leak to the Intercept”, explaining how whistleblowers can use tools like Tor and SecureDrop. First Look has now taken the step of providing transparency of what national security requests the company has not received.
We’re thrilled that more and more companies are publishing canaries, and Canarywatch will keep adding them to the site as quickly as possible. If you know of a canary we’ve missed, please let Canarywatch know about it. If you’re an ISP considering publishing a canary or have received legal process, you can contact email@example.com if you would like help finding counsel.