Yahoo reveals number of US data requests

City A.M. Reporter
YAHOO became the latest internet giant to detail the number of government requests for its users’ data yesterday.

US law enforcement agencies made between 12,000 and 13,000 requests for information in the last six months, the firm said.

“The most common of these requests concerned fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations,” Yahoo said in an online statement yesterday.

Technology companies have been under pressure to disclose the precise nature of their cooperation with the US National Security Agency after leaked documents showed it had been acquiring consumer data from them for years.

Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have also disclosed the number of data requests they received from law enforcement.

The companies denied the NSA had any direct access to their servers and said consumer data was only handed over if the request was in the form of a court order.