Yahoo discloses data requests from US government

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

The web portal received around 13,000 surveillance requests


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Yahoo has revealed that it received between 12,000 and 13,000 data requests from US law enforcement agencies in the last six months.

The announcement is the latest in a series of disclosures by tech giants that were accused of giving access to citizens’ personal information as part of NSA’s programme PRISM.

Like Apple explained on 17 June, Yahoo’s requests were made between 1st December 2012 and 31 May  this year.

“The most common of these requests concerned fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations,” Yahoo said in a statement posted on its Tumblr page. Others were made under the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) it said.

The company added that it “cannot lawfully break out FISA request numbers at this time because those numbers are classified; however, we strongly urge the federal government to reconsider its stance on this issue.”

As part of its commitment to be more transparent, Yahoo will launch later this summer its first global law enforcement transparency report. “We will refresh this report with current statistics twice a year,” Yahoo explained.

Apple, Microsoft  and Facebook  have also disclosed the number of data requests they received from the US government. Apple received up to 15,000, Microsoft between 6,000 and 7,000, and Facebook between 9,000 and 10,000.

From the very beginning, these companies denied any involvement on NSA’s programme and highlighted that they didn’t hear about PRISM before the revelation made by The Guardian.

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