Yahoo had 13 000 US data requests

2013-06-18 11:40
Yahoo. (Nicholas Kamm, AFP)

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Washington – Yahoo said US law enforcement agencies made between 12 000 and 13 000 requests for data in the last six months, the latest in a series of disclosures by technology companies since intelligence leaks showed the extent of government data gathering efforts.

The company said the requests were made between 1 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, it said.

Technology companies have been under pressure to disclose the precise nature of their co-operation with the US National Security Agency (NSA) after leaked documents showed it had been acquiring consumer data from them for years.

Edward Snowden, a disillusioned former CIA computer technician who had worked as a contractor at the NSA, identified himself as the source of multiple disclosures on the surveillance that were published by the Guardian and the Washington Post this month.

The reports fuelled a passionate debate in the United States over how to balance civil liberties and the right to individual privacy with concerns about national security.

Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have also disclosed the number of data requests they received from US law enforcement authorities.

The companies denied the NSA had any direct access to their servers and said consumer data was only handed over if the request was in the form of a court order.

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