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Yahoo calls for greater transparency over national security orders

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Yahoo calls for greater transparency over national security orders

Although the letter specifically refers to the recent news that Yahoo's allegedly scanned its users' email for the US government, it also calls for stronger transparency in general regarding the government's requests for user data, VentureBeat reported.

Companies are often forbidden from acknowledging that they have received a national security order. Yahoo is now requesting that Clapper clarifies what orders, if any, were issued to the company, which would make it possible for Yahoo to defend its name. "Transparency underpins the ability of any company in the information and communications technology sector to earn and preserve the trust of its customers," the letter says.

Reuters has reported that Clapper "will respond" to the letter.

The letter also references the US-EU Privacy Shield agreement on data transfers, saying that the "recent news" has caused speculation about "the activities and representations of the U.S. government", including those it made "in connection with negotiating Privacy Shield with the European Union."

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-10-20 12:36

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