Yahoo!’s detailed menu of spying services it provides law enforcement agencies has leaked onto the web. Shortly after Threat Level reported that Yahoo had blocked the FOIA release of its law enforcement and intelligence price list, someone provided a copy of company’s spying guide to whistleblower site Cryptome. The 17-page guide describes Yahoo’s data retention policies and surveillance capabilities it can provide law enforcement, with a pricing list for these services. Cryptome also published lawful data-interception guides for Cox Communications, SBC, Cingular, Nextel, GTE and other telecoms and service providers. Compliance Guide reveals, that Yahoo doesn’t retain a copy of e-mails that an account holder sends unless that customer sets up account to store those e-mails. Yahoo also cannot search for or produce deleted e-mails once they’ve been removed from a user’s trash file. Guide also reveals that company retains IP addresses from which a user logs in for just one year. But company’s logs of IP addresses used to register new accounts for first time go back to 1999. The contents of accounts on Flickr, which Yahoo also owns, are purged as soon as a user deactivates the account.”
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