Yahoo wins data collection case
16 July 2013, 14:19
Los Angeles - Yahoo has won a court fight that could help the public learn more about the government's efforts to obtain data from internet users.
The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reviews government requests to spy on individuals. It ruled on Monday that information should be made public about a 2008 case that ordered Yahoo to turn over customer data.
The order requires the government to review which portions of the opinion, briefs and arguments can be declassified and report back to the court by 29 July.
The government sought the information from Yahoo under the National Security Agency's Prism data-gathering program. Details of the secret programme were disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has fled the US.
A Yahoo spokesperson said the company believes the decision will help inform public discussion about the government's surveillance programmes.