Yahoo says it had as many as 13,000 data requests

Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:19am EDT

The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California April 16, 2013. The company will release its quarterly results on Tuesday. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California April 16, 2013. The company will release its quarterly results on Tuesday.

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(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said U.S. 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 December 1, 2012 and May 31 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 U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, it said.

Technology companies have been under pressure to disclose the precise nature of their cooperation with the U.S. 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 Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have also disclosed the number of data requests they received from U.S. 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.

(Reporting by Chandni Doulatramani in Bangalore; editing by Tom Pfeiffer)

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Comments (4)
elfenstar wrote:
I find that so very interesting…. 52 requests a day. get real, no way.

Jun 18, 2013 6:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RichardPrior wrote:
Not very significant – if this is 13,000 data requests in 365 days. Homeland security should be engaged 24×7. This means less than 36 daily enquiries.

Not so intrusive.

Providing that there is no legislation requiring mass data to be made available to US Security services, and that the data is for the exclusive use by the security services and no other government department.

In the above scenario, I am all for such surveillance.

Jun 18, 2013 7:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
deerecub1977 wrote:
And there it is, the mason number.

Jun 18, 2013 8:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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