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NSA Threatened Yahoo With Daily $250K Fines for Not Forking Over Metadata

12
Sep
2014

Today, court documents were released by Yahoo (via a Tumblr post, of course) showing exactly how far the federal government is willing to go to obtain digital information about its citizens. In 2008, Yahoo was threatened with a $250,000 a day fine if they didnt fork over their users metadata. Yahoo fought a diligent legal battle, as they had no interest in turning user data over the feds, but they eventually lost. The NSA then forced their hand to join Prism, the secret Internet surveillance program exposed by Edward Snowden.

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