Yahoo reveals US surveillance requests

Yahoo has joined the increasing number of technology companies publishing details of how many requests US law enforcement agencies have made for data on their users.The company gave more details of its dealings with US authorities as it sought to reassure customers in the wake of the scandal surrounding the National Security Agency’s Prism surveillance programme. see:Yahoo reveals U.S. government requests for user data
Joining Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, Yahoo has revealed that it received more than 12,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for user information and affected accounts in the past six months.The Web pioneer said Monday evening that between December 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013, it received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests for user information, most of which were related to criminal investigations involving fraud, homicide, and kidnapping. Firms Disclose Certain Data
Silicon Valley companies are seeking to further distance themselves from government surveillance, though they don’t agree on the best approach.Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. each disclosed figures on data requests from U.S. government and law enforcement entities — though in a form that shed little light on how many of the information transfers were associated with intelligence agencies. Discloses User Data Requests From US Law Enforcement Agencies [IDG]
Yahoo has received between 12,000 to 13,000 requests for user data from law enforcement agencies in the U.S. between Dec. 1 and May 31 this year, the company said Monday.The most common of these requests concerned fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and General Counsel Ron Bell wrote in a blog post.

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