Government Threatened To Fine Yahoo $250,000 Per Day
[su_right_ad]Yahoo announced Thursday that the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering information about its users. Yahoo considered the government’s demands to be unconstitutional and challenged the government in court.
“We refused to comply with what we viewed as unconstitutional and overbroad surveillance and challenged the US government’s authority,” said Yahoo general counsel Ron Bell.
“At one point, the US government threatened the imposition of $250,000 in fines per day if we refused to comply,” Bell said.
Yahoo lost the court case and was forced to surrender 1,500 pages of documents.
“The secrecy that surrounds these court proceedings prevents the public from understanding our surveillance laws,” said ACLU staff attorney Patrick Toomey. “Today’s release only underscores the need for basic structural reforms to bring transparency to the NSA’s surveillance activities.”[su_csky_ad]