India asked for data of 2,704 users, Yahoo reveals in its first transparency report

After Facebook, Yahoo too has published its first ever transparency report on the user data-request by worldwide government agencies. The new report comprises of details on data requests received by Yahoo from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013. The Indian government, according to the report, made 1,490 requests for sharing data of 2,704 accounts during this period.

Out of the total data requests from government agencies in India, Yahoo rejected 32 percent of requests and shared data content for 341 accounts. It disclosed non-content data, which includes information on basic subscriber details including user name, location, IP-address, login details, billing information, and other transactional information, for 494 accounts. Also, it could not find any data for 155 account requests made by the government.

According to the report, the US government topped the list with 12,444 requests in total for 40,333 accounts during this 6-month period, followed by Germany at 4,295 and Italy at 2637.

Yahoo too was alleged for sharing user data with the USA government under PRISM, as highlighted by Edward Snowden. And in order to justify that, Yahoo has also mentioned in the report that, “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.”

Like others including Google, Yahoo too has said to continue publishing these transparency reports every six months.


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