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Yahoo Says U.S. Looked At Only .01% Of People's Data, But That's Way More Than You Think

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FILE - In this Monday, May 20, 2013, file photo, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during a news conference in New York. Not much had been going right for Yahoo until it lured Marissa Mayer away from Google to become its CEO last summer. The move is shaping up as the best thing to happen to Yahoo since 2005 when it invested $1 billion in Alibaba, a then little-known Internet company in China. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) | AP
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Yahoo just released its first transparency report, and despite what the company wants you to believe, the U.S. government is looking at a lot of people's data.

In the report released Friday, Yahoo says that the U.S. government requested "less than one-hundredth of one percent of Yahoo users worldwide." Sure, 0.01 percent sounds small, but if you take into account a few more factors, that number gets scarier.

The U.S. was the No. 1 nation in terms of data requests, with 12,444 requests across 40,322 users. Yahoo disclosed 6,798 pieces of "non-content data," or things like names, locations and IP addresses. It also disclosed 4,604 pieces of data that people created, like emails, Yahoo Calendar events and Flickr photos.

In total, Yahoo gave up 11,402 pieces of data, or almost 92 percent of the data requested. This data is just for the first 6 months of 2013. Though these figures represent a fraction of a percentage of Yahoo's overall userbase, they certainly are not insignificant, especially given that this all happened in such a short span of time.

It is important to note, though, that Yahoo did not give up anyone's data without a fight. Yahoo has been fighting the National Security Agency in a secret court since 2008, and was eventually forced to join PRISM, even though Yahoo argued that the data requests were unconstitutional.

[h/t The Next Web]

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