Yahoo! says it has received thousands of US requests

Jun 18, 2013
The Yahoo logo is displayed in front of the company's headquarters on July 17, 2012 in Sunnyvale, California. Internet giant Yahoo! said in a letter to users that it has received up to 13,000 requests for information from US law enforcement agencies in a six-month period ending May 31.

Internet giant Yahoo! said in a letter to users that it has received up to 13,000 requests for information from US law enforcement agencies in a six-month period ending May 31.

The letter titled "Our Commitment to Our Users' Privacy" was posted on the company's Tumblr page late Monday, and was signed by Yahoo! CEO and the company's top lawyer, Ron Bell.

Yahoo!, along with , Microsoft and Apple, have come under heightened scrutiny since word leaked of a vast, covert Internet surveillance program by the US government, which it insists targets only foreign terror suspects and has helped thwart attacks.

Between December 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013 "we received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests, inclusive of criminal, Foreign Act (FISA), and other requests."

According to the letter, the most common requests "concerned fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other ."

"Like all companies, Yahoo! cannot lawfully break out FISA [US ] request numbers at this time because those numbers are classified; however, we strongly urge the federal government to reconsider its stance on this issue."

Major Internet firms have faced a public backlash since government contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of PRISM, a vast program that saw nine high-tech companies turn over user data to the US .

The companies have denied claims the NSA could directly access their servers. US authorities have said the program was legal and limited.

Yahoo! said that it will issue in the next months "our first global law enforcement transparency report, which will cover the first half of the year. We will refresh this report with current statistics twice a year."

Snowden's leaks have reignited debate over the trade-offs between privacy and security more than a decade after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.

Explore further: Former federal agent pleads guilty to stealing bitcoins

Related Stories

Apple releases details on US data requests

Jun 17, 2013

US tech giant Apple revealed on Monday it received between 4,000 and 5,000 data requests in six months from US authorities, days after Facebook and Microsoft released similar information.

Web giants get broader surveillance revelations

Jun 15, 2013

Facebook and Microsoft Corp. representatives said Friday night that after negotiations with national security officials their companies have been given permission to make new but still very limited revelations ...

Google asks to publish more US gov't information (Update)

Jun 11, 2013

Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for email and other personal information transmitted online in an effort to distance itself ...

Google, Facebook condemn online spying

Jun 08, 2013

Google chief Larry Page and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg condemned online spying Friday and called for governments to be more revealing about snooping on the Internet.

Recommended for you

Former federal agent pleads guilty to stealing bitcoins

5 hours ago

A former undercover federal agent pleaded guilty to extortion and related charges after acknowledging he channeled more than $700,000 in digital currency from the Silk Road online drug bazaar he was investigating.

New approach to online compatibility

Jun 30, 2015

Many of the online social networks match users with each other based on common keywords and assumed shared interests based on their activity. A new approach that could help users find new friends and contacts with a greater ...

Most internet anonymity software leaks users' details

Jun 29, 2015

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are legal and increasingly popular for individuals wanting to circumvent censorship, avoid mass surveillance or access geographically limited services like Netflix and BBC ...

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

Jun 29, 2015

WikiLeaks has released documents that it says show that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France's top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.