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ID:

541

Date:

2009-12-01

Headline:

Yahoo, Verizon: Our Spy Capabilities Would 'Shock', 'Confuse' Consumers

Reporter's name:

Kim Zetter

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Wired: Threat Level

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

Some telecommunications providers released information about the rates they charge the federal government for electronic surveillance, in response to a FOIA request to the Department of Justice (DOJ). But others argued that such records deserved protection as protected commercial information, that customers would tie up phone lines requesting services available only to law-enforcement agencies, and that the information from the providers would expose the companies to public shame and ridicule.

Keywords:

telecommunications, surveillance, electronic surveillance, Yahoo!, Verizon, Department of Justice, DOJ, exemption, commercial information, Chris Soghoian

Impact:

The records of Yahoo! were subsequently leaked to, and posted on, Cryptome.org. Wired: Threat Level reported that Yahoo! issued a takedown notice ("Yahoo Issues Takedown Notice for Spying Price List", 12/4/09, http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/12/yahoo-spy-prices), but failed to persuade Cryptome.org to remove the information.

URL:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/12/wiretap-prices/


Agencies:

DOJ

States:

DC
IN

Categories:

business
law enforcement
technology
telecommunications


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