Yahoo follows the league in publishing US govt sought 'snoop data'

Internet corporation Yahoo has followed the league of technological companies in publishing reports about 'snoop data' requests made by the US government.

According to the Guardian, Yahoo has revealed that it had received 12,000-13,000 requests, inclusive of criminal, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and other requests by the government between 1 December 2012 and 31 May 2013.

Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer and general counsel Ron Bell in their blog post stated that the requests were mostly related to fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations.

Mayer and Bell said that they were unable to publish the details about the requests under FISA but have urged the government to reconsider their stance on the issue.

According to the report, Mayer and Bell said that Yahoo will issue the company's first global law enforcement transparency report which will be refreshed twice a year.

Apple had earlier disclosed that it received 4,000-5,000 requests by the federal government in the same period in which Yahoo has received.

All the technology companies including social media sites are in the fight against the US government to regain the lost trust of their users owing to the NSA surveillance programme's leaked reports which stated that citizens' were being snooped on for their web activities and phone records.

Mayer and Bell said that the company does not take the trust placed by its users for granted and will evaluate whether further actions can be taken to protect their privacy, the report added.