(The Hosting News) – Yahoo has revealed that the U.S. government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if they refused to hand over user data to the NSA for its PRISM surveillance program.
According to USA Today, the tech giant released 1,500 pages of secret court documents on Thursday providing evidence of the company’s challenge of the expansion of surveillance laws from 2007-2008.
“In 2007, the U.S. Government amended a key law to demand user information from online services,” said General Counsel Ron Bell via Tumblr post. “We refused to comply with what we viewed as unconstitutional and overboard surveillance and challenged the U.S. Government’s authority.”
Yahoo brought their case to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court arguing that non-U.S. citizen’s information was unconstitutional and violated the Fourth Amendment, though the court rejected the motion.
“Each day that Yahoo does not comply with the directives, we are losing foreign intelligence information that may never be recovered,” said J. Michael McConnell at the motion on May 9, 2008.
Bell noted that the release of the 1,500 pages is an “important win for transparency,” adding that the documents include Ex-Pate Appendix of classified fillings, party briefs, 2008 FISC opinions, and an expanded version of the FISC-R opinions in the case.
“Our fight continues. We are still pushing for the FISC to release materials from the 2007-2008 case in the lower court,” added Bell. “The FISC indicated previously that it was waiting on the FISC-R ruling in relation to the 2008 appeal before moving forward. Now that the FISC-R matter is resolved, we will work hard to make the materials from the FISC case public, as well.”