Court unseals secret documents in Yahoo challenge to government data collection

Posted by Mike Confino, September 19, 2014

Yahoo Surveillance

In a historic move, a U.S. surveillance court on Thursday unsealed thousands of pages from once-secret files that document a leading Silicon Valley company’s unsuccessful effort to resist federal government demands for users’ communications and other information.

The files show that federal authorities threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 a day after the Internet company balked at turning over information in 2008. Government attorneys also contended that Yahoo had no legal standing to argue for its users’ privacy, while at the same time, authorities repeatedly warned Yahoo that it could not tell the affected users that their information was being collected.

via Court unseals secret documents in Yahoo challenge to government data collection – San Jose Mercury News.