Yahoo Inc was being threatened by the US government on account of handing over database of its customers to intelligence agencies with a daily penalty of $250,000. It has being focussed that how the US government treat with the companies unwilling to obey orders by secret US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The court workout government decisions for conducting surveillance throughout US for national security.
A clandestine mass electronic surveillance data mining program is known to have been operated by the United States National Security Agency since 2007 named PRISM. It is a government code name for a data-collection effort known officially by the SIGAD US-984XN. Yahoo lost in the battle and made future development easier for this PRISM surveillance program by US National Security Agency.
It is clearly understood that the Bush administration was grim-jawed to get those user data from the companies dealing with internet business. A rumour was there till it being disclosed that government was thinking to impose heavy penalties. The US government clearly mentioned that a refusal to comply with the court order, Yahoo would have to pay $250,000 as a daily fine and the fine would be double for each successive week.
US companies dealing with internet business would like to disclose their user data in the secret court just because to avoid inconvenience in their business. On the other hand, Yahoo declared on documenting 1,500 pages, which were being classified previously, would be focussed to create attention of the public for a long fight with the US government. General Counsel of Yahoo, Mr. Ron Bell told that in spite of declassification and release, some sections of the documents would still remain classified and sealed.