Govt asked for details of 189 accounts, says Yahoo

Govt asked for details of 189 accounts, says Yahoo

SINGAPORE - Internet giant Yahoo said it has disclosed user details in 75 instances - including private chat logs and e-mail - to the Singapore Government.

The Government made 138 requests on 189 individual accounts in the first six months of this year, the US-based company revealed in a report published over the weekend.

In the 75 requests that the firm acceded to, it disclosed "non-content data" in 73 instances.

Such data consists of information such as a user's name, location, IP address, login details and billing information - most of which are captured when a person registers for a new account.

Other transactional information such as who e-mail is being sent to and received from are also included.

In two instances, the firm released "content" from its users to the Singapore Government.

This could include text within e-mail and its Messenger services, images on its photo sharing site, Flickr, and even Yahoo Calendar event details, the firm said.

The Yahoo data does not include accounts related to Tumblr, a micro-blogging platform which the company acquired earlier this year. Out of the 17 countries listed by Yahoo in the report, the highest number of requests came from the US government, which demanded that the firm hand over data on over 40,000 users.

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