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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Yahoo Received 13,000 Requests from US Law Agencies

Yahoo Received 13,000 Requests from US Law Agencies

Yahoo Received 13,000 Requests from US Law Agencies

Added: Monday, July 8th, 2013
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Yahoo has finally disclosed the number of government requests for data over the past year and half after the NSA spying scandal. The recent admission of the agency to tapping telephone conversations and PRISM scandal has forced many tech companies to disclose the number of requests received from law enforcement authorities. Now Yahoo has also joined other tech firms and revealed the number of requests for data over the past 18 months.


A statement issued by Marissa Mayer and Ron Bell said that the tech giant received 12,000 to 13,000 requests from Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and US law enforcement agencies within the last year and half. The company pointed out that most of those requests concerned fraud, kidnapping and other criminal investigations. The statement of the company said that like any other company, Yahoo couldn’t lawfully break out FISA request numbers now because they are classified. Nevertheless, the company strongly urged the federal government to reconsider its stance on this issue. The company revealed these data request numbers just a week after Yahoo overturned a secret court order to divulge its users’ information to intelligence agencies.

Compared with other companies, Yahoo has reported somewhat bigger numbers: for instance, Facebook stated that for six months of last year it received about 9,000-10,000 requests, and Microsoft received 6,000-7,000 requests. As for Apple, the company also revealed its numbers which were 4,000-5,000 data requests from American authorities. Overall, Apple requests affected around 9,000-10,000 accounts and devices.

In the meantime, neither Google nor Twitter have disclosed the number of data requests they received – the matter is that both companies cannot to publish information of such kind in their transparency reports. As such, Google has asked the permission of the US authorities to publish more data about these national security requests from FISA and the government.

Yahoo is currently taking further steps to ensure transparency. For instance, it is going to release its first “global law enforcement transparency report” later this summer, which is supposed to refresh with current statistics twice a year.

July 8th,2013

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Date:  Monday, July 8th, 2013

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2013-07-08 16:33:59)
amalsk avatarthanks for the article sam! much appreciated!

posted by (2013-07-08 17:55:51)
johnmc963 avatarNo more Yahoo for me... FIrst i got rid of Google and now Yahoo can suck a D

posted by (2013-07-08 18:13:45)
No avatartorproject.org browser

posted by (2013-07-08 22:39:41)
No avatar@ johnmc963 let me know when you find one that does not get requests for data. The only way your safe is to not use the internet.

posted by (2013-07-08 23:44:33)
johnmc963 avatarThere is a different between getting requests for data and responding to these request for data.. Yahoo and Google do.

posted by (2013-07-09 04:13:47)
No avatarHow do WE know who did and who did and didn't respond? Quote from article "The company revealed these data REQUEST numbers just a week after Yahoo overturned a secret court order to divulge its users’ information to intelligence agencies" Sounds like Yahoo is fighting to not divulge info. I'll bet you if the NSA wants info they will get it no matter who it is. We aleady know because of Snowden there info gathering is classified so we will never know who has responded for the request of data.

posted by ET loverTurtle (2013-07-09 07:48:13)
ashot1473 avatarthey dont have to request shit, they can hack our emails any time they want!!

posted by (2013-07-09 08:34:26)
prashantir avatarashot i agree with you man..!!! they dnt need to request

posted by (2013-07-11 08:05:21)
Solcis avatar"Yahoo couldn’t lawfully break out FISA request numbers now because they are classified."

Secret laws, secret courts, secret subpoenas, secret investigations, secret arrests, secret prisons, secret laws. No different than the Soviet Union.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-07-11 20:27:08)
Embolism avatarTechnically if you have any overseas communications ,emails etc they can monitor you for up to a week at a time without need for any warrant or subpoena,so complacency is the big killer one must assume that all comms are potentially compromised and act accordingly.@9 is quite correct and the USA does more spying across the Globe even against its allies than one would care to imagine.

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