YahooYahoo has spoken up to clarify claims made over the US government’s PRISM program two weeks after the news broke. CEO Marissa Mayer said Yahoo received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests from US law enforcement agencies between December 1, 2012 and May 31 2013. However, the requests aren’t only from FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). They include requests made in the cases of criminal investigations, most commonly concerning fraud, homicides and kidnappings. Yahoo says that like most companies, it cannot lawfully break out FISA request numbers because those numbers are classified. However, Mayer said in her statement that Yahoo is “strongly” urging the federal government to reconsider its stance on this issue. She said in a bid to ensure accountability, Yahoo will be issuing later this summer its first global law enforcement transparency report.

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