US gov’t threatened Yahoo with $250K daily fine if it didn’t use PRISM

Yahoo reports that it is on the verge of releasing 1,500 pages of documents related to a long court battle over its participation in the PRISM program, a National Security Agency program revealed last summer as part of the Snowden leaks.

A leaked top-secret slide about PRISM shows that Yahoo was one of the first participants, having begun contributing to the database in March of 2008. It did so under severe duress. Company executives believed the government’s demand for data was “unconstitutional and overbroad” and fought it in court.

This is the problem with “secret” courts that bottle up due process of law in the name of “National security”.

While we certainly need to have secrets, the process should be open and debated. And when keeping those secrets bypasses accordance with our constitutional rights, it should be exposed.

Read the full story at Ars

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