Yahoo! Files Suit In The FISC Demanding User Data Request Transparency

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Yahoo! has filed a suit in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to demand the right to publicly disclose the number of user data requests that they receive from the U.S. government under national security statutes.

Yahoo! filed the lawsuit because they are not authorized to break out the number of requests that they receive for user data under specific national security statutes.  The government prohibits companies from disclosing this information.

“This latest effort to fight for our users follows the release of our first transparency report last week, as well as a series of legal actions we?ve taken in the FISC urging the U.S. Government to make additional information available to the public,” said Yahoo! in a statement.  “The numbers we shared within our transparency report for the United States include all types of government data requests, such as criminal law enforcement requests and those under U.S. national security authorities, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and National Security Letters (NSLs), if any were received.”