02 March 2009

Yahoo Fined By Belgian Court For Refusing To Give Up E-Mail Account Info

Yahoo Fined By Belgian Court For Refusing To Give Up E-Mail Account Info

Yahoo got fined for its unwillingness to cooperate in a cyber-criminal investigation which prompted Belgian authorities to subpoena detailed account data for a number of e-mail addresses used by a gang of alleged internet cons. Yahoo’s defense was that it would only respond to requests from American authorities, while the Belgian investigators claim it should turn over the data at their request too because the company operates its services in Belgium. Also worth noting is that the judge is being quoted as saying that this procedure for requesting data “poses absolutely no problem with Google and Microsoft”.

...well isn't that just special.

Google and Microsoft regularly give your personal information to governments -- all the time, without discussion. Just remember that the next time you search for something on the internet.

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