Tech Giants: Here's What the NSA Wanted

Yahoo, Google, Facebook and others reveal data requests
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2014 7:34 PM CST
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, puts a headset during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

(Newser) – Wonder if the NSA is spying on you? Well keep wondering, because the NSA isn't talking, but major technology companies today revealed how many data requests the NSA made in the first half of 2013, the Washington Post reports. Yahoo led the pack with requests for content affecting at least 30,000 accounts, followed by: Microsoft, 15,000; Google, 9,000; Facebook, 5,000; LinkedIn, fewer than 250. A few companies also fielded under 1,000 "non-content" requests for information like times, senders, and email recipients.

In releasing data, the companies were told by the Justice Department to round numbers to the nearest 1,000 and say nothing about the past six months. Companies were allowed to give numbers for previous years, though; Google revealed requests for less than 3,000 accounts in early 2009, a number that jumped to more than 12,000 three years later. The companies said they didn't always honor the requests and fought some in court. Apple, which was allowed to give specific numbers, said it fielded requests covering 2,330 accounts in the first half of 2013 but only revealed data on 747 and objected 102 times, MacWorld reports.

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