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Indian Govt Requested For Info On 2704 Yahoo Accounts Between Jan-June 2013

The Indian government ranked 5th in the world, when it came to user accounts for which information was requested, behind the United States of America, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. India made 1490 requests for data on 2704 Yahoo accounts, of which Yahoo disclosed user account information in case of 56% of requests – it disclosed content in 341 cases, and “Non Content Data” in 494 cases. Non content data includes basic subscriber information including the information captured at the time of registration such as an alternate e-mail address, name, location, and IP address, login details, billing information, and other transactional information (e.g., “to,” “from,” and “date” fields from email headers) – i.e., everything but the content of the email. Yahoo rejected as many as 500 requests, no information was found in case of 155 cases.

While it’s useful to finally get this data from Yahoo, the company isn’t being completely transparent with its transparency report. What Yahoo has not shared:

– The number of accounts for which information was shared and rejected. There can be multiple accounts per request, and on an average, there was information on 1.81 accounts per request from the Indian government.
– Type of government agency from which the request was received
– How many of these requests were backed by court orders
– Whether the information was requested for users from the country making that request, from others.
– The reason for each request: Google, in its last transparency report, defined the following reasons for data requests – Defamationm Privacy and Security, Electoral Law, Government Criticism, Adult Content, Impersonation, Hate Speech, Copyright, Religious Offense, Violence, National Security, Trademark, Reason Unspecified, Suicide Promotion, Drug Abuse, Bullying/Harassment, Geographical Dispute.



The transparency report list:

Jan-Jun 2013: Facebook, Yahoo (this story)
Jul-Dec 2012: GoogleTwitter, Microsoft. These companies need to update their transparency reports.

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