DOJ to declassify Yahoo-requested documents by September

Summary:Yahoo is another step closer in its goal to clearing its name in the wake of the NSA scandal.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has responded to Yahoo's request to declassify certain documents pertaining to its involvement (or non-involvement) in the National Security Agency's PRISM program.

The key element of the eight-page response is the timeline. The U.S. Government had until the end of July to meet this request.

Thus, the DOJ is promising to declassify the decision first by September 12. That will be followed by the briefs and materials cited by the federal court, scheduled to be declassified by September 27.

To recall, Yahoo was one of the nine Silicon Valley giants listed as sources for data mining by the NSA.

There has been a flurry of accusations, denials, and more tossed between these companies and the federal agencies.

Many of them (notably Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft) have publicly denounced the PRISM program revealed through PowerPoint slides leaked to The Guardian and The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is now on the run.

These companies have also denied any direct involvement, or "back door" to user data — a catchphrase that has been debated by both sides of the fence, as well as within the media.

Yahoo took things a step further, petitioning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington, D.C., to declassify documents from a specific classified case in 2008.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Yahoo argued those files would reveal that the technology company "objected strenuously" to federal demands for consumer data, thus demonstrating its interest in defending user privacy above all else.

Yahoo won a small victory as the FISC granted the motion in the search giant's favor on July 15 .

To read the entire order, scroll through the document below:

US DOJ response to Yahoo request

via GigaOm

Topics: Government : US, Legal, Privacy, Security

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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