How Yahoo Fought to Avoid PRISM and Lost

Back in 2008 Yahoo was ordered to comply with a data request

Apparently, Yahoo didn’t give in very fast to the pressures made by the US government when it comes to its unconstitutional data requests.

A document that dates back to 2008 shows that a company, which has now been identified to be Yahoo, asked the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to review an order it received from the government, The New York Times reports.

According to the document, Yahoo considered the request to be a violation of the Fourth Amendment since it features handing out data on certain foreign users, without a warrant.

However, the FISC dismissed Yahoo’s claim. This left the Internet company with two options – to hand over the data or disregard the order and face penalties for breaking the law.

And that’s how Yahoo became part of the NSA’s secret program called PRISM.

Thus, when Yahoo’s statement from last week said that they have “not joined any program in which we volunteer to share user data with the U.S. government,” they were sort-of telling the truth, since they had no option but to comply.

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