Yahoo: Most Data Requests Tied to Fraud, Murder
It got as many as 13K requests from government in 6 months
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 18, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
This photo illustration shows the web pages of Yahoo and Tumblr on a computer screen on Monday May 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Yahoo has never been a big fan of the NSA's surveillance activities, and it tried to distance itself from them even further yesterday by revealing just how many requests for data it got from the government. The number, CEO Marissa Mayer wrote in a Tumblr post, was "between 12,000 and 13,000" over the last 6 months, and most requests "concerned fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations."

Mayer said she was legally barred from saying more about the classified FISA requests, but "we strongly urge the federal government to reconsider its stance on this issue." She also promised to issue "our first global law enforcement transparency report" later this summer. Meanwhile, the NSA wants to make some disclosures, too—it intends to declassify information on terrorist attacks its surveillance has helped thwart, the AFP reports.

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apocalypso
Jun 18, 2013 5:52 PM CDT
90% of PATRIOT act prosecutions are against low-level drug dealers, not "ter'rists".
kirkola
Jun 18, 2013 1:01 PM CDT
"—it intends to declassify information on terrorist attacks its surveillance has helped thwart, the AFP reports." About time!!!
saucier111
Jun 18, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
Welcome to Nazi America 2013 the united facist corporate states. We are looking more like Nazi Germany 1939 all the time. Tell me again ,who won WW11.