Yahoo said on this Friday that, U.S. Government has sought data of 40K overall user accounts so far in 2013 from 12,444 requests under the legal authoritative act.
Yahoo has released the so-called first government transparency report, in which the company has rejected almost 2 percent of requests from federal government requests. Those requests were made under the Foreign Intelligence Service Act through national security letters. The report shares some info on the disclosed data about Yahoo’s users to the governments around the globe in first 6 months of 2013. Yahoo also said that, it will reveal the transparency report every 6 months.
Data disclosure break-down:
37 percent of requests has been granted for the Yahoo user accounts, such as words used in emails, any uploaded files and photos. In approx 55% of the requests, Yahoo revealed information without revealing names, location data and email addresses. In 6% of requests, no data revealed because of certain possibilities of “account not exists” or no data for the requested data range.
Yahoo also revealed the total number of requests received from 16 other governments around the world. Government’s requests to reveal the data of Tumblr (blogging platform, now owned by Yahoo), are also not added in this report, however, Yahoo said the Tumblr’s report will be revealed in the future.
The total 17 countries, which requests the data are – U.S., Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, U.K., Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.
Yahoo revealing the data said in it’s blog:
Our legal department demands that government data requests be made through lawful means and for lawful purposes. We regularly push back against improper requests for user data, including fighting requests that are unclear, improper, overbroad or unlawful. In addition, we mounted a two-year legal challenge to the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and recently won a motion requiring the U.S. Government to consider further declassifying court documents from that case.
Check the revealed data break down reports of all 17 countries in Yahoo’s Transparency webpage.