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Thread: Feds told Yahoo: Hand over data or pay $250K per day

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    Feds told Yahoo: Hand over data or pay $250K per day

    Federal officials threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 per day if it did not hand over information about its users to the government, according to unclassified court documents released on Thursday.

    The threat is included in more than 1,500 pages of formerly classified papers stemming from a court challenge to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) demand that it hand over data in 2007 and 2008. Yahoo said that it found the law unconstitutional and refused to hand over the information, though it lost the legal challenge against the order.

    The newly declassified order showed that in 2008, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court told Yahoo that the government did not need a warrant to get the information, since it was being gathered for intelligence about people outside the U.S. The government’s request, it added “is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,” the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

    Yahoo general counsel Ron Bell said the ability to disclose details about the court case is a victory for the company, given that the secretive FISA court and a review court rarely release documents to the public.
    “We consider this an important win for transparency, and hope that these records help promote informed discussion about the relationship between privacy, due process, and intelligence gathering,” he said in a blog post on Thursday afternoon.

    The FISA court provides a check on government spying activities but has come under fire from civil liberties advocates for being too opaque and often siding with the government.

    The documents were posted on an Office of the Director of National Intelligence website on Thursday evening.

    Still, some documents from the court challenge remain classified. Even Yahoo lawyers have not been allowed to see them, Bell said.

    “Our fight continues,” he wrote, while pledging to have additional materials released to the public.

    “Users come first at Yahoo,” Bell wrote. “We treat public safety with the utmost seriousness, but we are also committed to protecting users’ data. We will continue to contest requests and laws that we consider unlawful, unclear, or overbroad.”

    http://thehill.com/policy/technology...hand-over-data

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    Re: Feds told Yahoo: Hand over data or pay $250K per day

    This is your beloved war at work, Trad. Why are you crying about this?
    I am going to tear down your safe space
    Brick by brick I shall smash it with glee
    You cannot stop me from getting inside
    I am cold and I am hard and my name is 'Reality'

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    Re: Feds told Yahoo: Hand over data or pay $250K per day

    We didn't need to do this to win any wars. Stop fighting with our hands tied behind our backs and we'll break the Jihadis backs in six months.

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    Re: Feds told Yahoo: Hand over data or pay $250K per day

    Quote Originally Posted by NoleSoup4U
    This is your beloved war at work, Trad. Why are you crying about this?
    It's Obama's war....and ever expanding as we post.

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    Re: Feds told Yahoo: Hand over data or pay $250K per day

    Quote Originally Posted by Pacedog
    Quote Originally Posted by NoleSoup4U
    This is your beloved war at work, Trad. Why are you crying about this?
    It's Obama's war....and ever expanding as we post.
    Seriously?
    I am going to tear down your safe space
    Brick by brick I shall smash it with glee
    You cannot stop me from getting inside
    I am cold and I am hard and my name is 'Reality'

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