Secret Surveillance Battle Between Yahoo and US Government Revealed

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 | The Intercept | Sept 11 2014

Update: The office of the Director of National Intelligence has released the declassified documents from the Yahoo litigation

More than 1,000 pages documenting a secret court battle between Yahoo and the government over warrantless surveillance will soon be released, the company said Thursday afternoon.

In 2007, Yahoo fought back against the government’s demand for information on certain overseas customers, saying that the request was over-broad and violated the constitution.

Yahoo’s challenge ultimately failed, knocked down by both the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, which oversees secret government spying) and its review court. The company then became one of the first to hand over information to the NSA’s PRISM program, which allowed the government access to records of internet users’ chats, emails, and search histories, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The targeted user was supposed to be foreign, but U.S. communications could still be swept up in the effort. Google, YouTube, AOL, and Skype were also among the companies that provided communications data to PRISM. According to the Washington Post, the government used the FISC court’s decision in the Yahoo case to pressure those others to comply.

In a statement on the company tumblr, Yahoo’s general counsel wrote that the government at one point threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 per day if it did not release the data.

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  1. jeffhand409@yahoo.com' Jeff says:

    Yahoo is no white knight. In fact, Yahoo’s security certificate is revoked at this very moment according to public PC’s here, and has been for a week +/-.
    BUT, you mentioned Yahoo fighting for “overseas customers”. What have they done for domestic customers? Yahoo is as invasive as most,IMHO. Yahoo frequently blocks e-mails containing agenda they don’t support, or containing agenda contrary to entities they are paid TO support. Yeah, I have a Yahoo acct-that is how I know. I only use it when I have to. Lot of SPAM with them, too.

  2. wahtsup4578@gmail.com' solomon says:

    what was yahoo doing collecting all that information in the first place.
    if yahoo did not have all that information they will not be in this situation in the first place, even if they were collecting it for genuine purpose they should have erased it just after, yahoo is not different form the government

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