USA Yahoo says US government threatened $250,000-a-day fines to get user data

The company obtained the release of 1,500 pages of classified documents, part of the secret proceedings of the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, detailing its failed challenge of the government's warrantless surveillance program.

By , Staff writer

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Internet giant Yahoo, whose website portal is the fourth-most trafficked site on the planet, said it fought the US government’s sweeping domestic surveillance programs “every step of the way” seven years ago as American intelligence officials began to demand access to users’ private data without traditional warrants.