Yahoo: U.S. Government Is No. 1 Data Hog


Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ:YHOO) received 12,444 requests for user information in the first half of 2013 from the United States government, Bloomberg reports. That number is a bigger number than what was requested of Yahoo from any other country — and by a large margin.

Following the U.S., Yahoo reported that the next-largest requests came from Germany, with 4,295; Italy, with 2,637; and Taiwan, with 1,942. The information was reported on Friday in Yahoo’s first global transparency report.

Yahoo is only one of the many tech companies attempting to disclose as much data as possible regarding U.S. government requests for information in an attempt to stymie poor public reception and keep its valuable users – Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have all pushed for similar disclosure practices. Yahoo general counsel Ron Bell explained in a blog post that the government requests only affect a small portion of the user base and are always done through legal means.