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Yahoo trumps Facebook’s ‘transparency report’

Yahoo trumps Facebook
Yahoo trumps Facebook
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March 27, 2014, Yahoo releases its second Transparency Report.

"When Yahoo Inc. receives a request for user data from a law enforcement agency, we inform the agency that we reach out to our users to let them know of the government request," the spokesperson said. "We've noted that law enforcement agencies frequently choose to withdraw their request once we inform them of our user notification policy."

The current report from Yahoo indicated that government officials requested data from over 6, 587 yahoo users, which 9% no data was found and 8% was rejected requests.

One might say that’s not a lot but it is when the actual number is seen; Yahoo rejected 539 requests. However, 1,245 users had some form of content disclosed and that in the United States alone.

Yahoo also stated, “You can trust us to work hard to protect your data and right to free expression.

It would be interesting to see if “ONE” person could step forward and say, “Yes, I received a notice from yahoo about my account, informing me of the government’s request.” If you received a notice from yahoo, we here at examiner would love to know.

Though tech companies fought back in court to get information that is more informative for its users, the government still seems to be holding all the cards.

Still not sure what all this means, it means the government looks at disclosure content and non-disclosure content data.
Disclosure Content falls under emails, instant messages, and photos even your yahoo address book.
Non-Disclosure Content Date falls under alternate e-mail addresses, name, location, login details and billing information.

We’ve included a link for you to look over the information of U.S. National Security Requests received by Yahoo.
Keep in mind the government “Limits How Yahoo can Report these Request”. On January 27, 2014, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, James M. Cole sent an e-mail, “Pursuant to my discussions with you over the last month, this letter memorializes the new and additional ways in which the government will permit your company to report data concerning requests…”

The growing concern here is that the government has invaded the privacy of not only Americans but on a global scale, leaving the words of our forefather’s to go unheard.

Our constitution was created to protect the rights of the “American People” not the world. Therefore, while tech companies like Yahoo aim to protect our freedom of expression that is not to say every country has these same rights.

In fact, in the United Kingdom its laws are more about security not individual rights, they have cameras all over the place something we here in the United States are just beginning to notice.