Yahoo fought back against ‘unconstitutional’ government order before joining PRISM: NYT


Yahoo failed to overturn a government order in a court dispute that ultimately led the company to join PRISM, the NSA and FBI’s controversial surveillance program, the New York Times reported. A heavily redacted document from 2008 shows a company — identified by the Times as Yahoo — petitioning the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to review an order from the government based on a belief that it violated the Fourth Amendment.

The FISC called Yahoo’s concerns “overblown” in its decision, saying it is “settled beyond peradventure that incidental collections occurring as a result of constitutionally permissible acquisitions do not render those acquisitions unlawful.”

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