Yahoo admits to sell its user information for a price
Thursday, December 24, 2009
According to a document titled Yahoo 'Compliance Guide for Law Enforcement', the company typically ‘shares’ its user information, including their personal details and contents of their chats and emails, for a price which ranges between $10 (Rs 500) and $80 (Rs 4000) per query to the law enforcement bodies of various state governments.
“Most of the internet companies share user information with law agencies. But in the case of Yahoo I find it particularly interesting wherein the company has put up a price list for the service. I would say it appears like a spying rate card,” Mahesh Murthy, founder, Pinstorm, has said, adding, “It is difficult to say what kind of revenue this business might generate.” [Source: India Today]