Yahoo seeks clarity from USA on national security orders to companies

Josh Kim
October 20, 2016

Yahoo! Inc. demanded more transparency from the federal government after reports surfaced earlier this month saying the company had built a software program to scan customers' incoming e-mails for USA intelligence agencies.

Yahoo revealed on Wednesday that it has submitted a letter to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper demanding transparency involving national security orders issued to tech companies around obtaining user data.

The scanning allegedly involved searching through the email accounts of every Yahoo user and may have gone beyond other us government requests for information, according to a report from Reuters.

"We therefore trust that the United States government recognises the importance of clarifying the record in this case". According to an October 6 report from the New York Post, it may also negatively impact Yahoo's impending acquisition by Verizon Communications.

Bell said that there is broad speculation regarding Yahoo's involvement with US government intelligence programs on a number of activities, including negotiations between Yahoo and the government concerning the European Union's Privacy Shield program.

"As we've said before, recent press reports have been misleading; the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems".

4 that Yahoo complied with USA government orders to scan hundreds of millions of e-mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The company has requested clarification from Director Clapper over national security letters in order to not only improve the industry, but also to give Yahoo the capability to defend its name.

A separate report from The New York Times suggested the email scanning was done on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice and meant to probe for signs of code belonging to a foreign terrorist group.

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