Yahoo Asks US Government to Explain Alleged Order to Secretly Scan Emails
The company called for an explanation of “under what set of circumstances” the US authorities obtained users’ private information.
“Citizens in a democracy require such information to understand and debate the appropriateness of such authorities and how the government employs them.”
According to Yahoo, the report “set a stronger precedent of transparency for our users and all citizens who could be affected by government requests for user data.”
“As we’ve said before, recent press reports have been misleading; the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.”
Timothy Barrett, a spokesman for Clapper's office, confirmed to Reuters that the DNI head had received a letter and “will respond to Yahoo directly.”
A similar call to the US government has been made by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The group filed a motion to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) requesting the release of court records.