• A man walks past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

    A man walks past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2016)

  • A man walks past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

    A man walks past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Yahoo seeks clarity from U.S. on national security orders to companies

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Yahoo Inc said on Wednesday it formally urged the United States to provide clarification around national security orders that the government issues to internet companies to obtain user data.

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The company said it sent a letter to James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, intending to seek more transparency on such government orders.

Reuters reported earlier this month that Yahoo secretly built a custom software program last year to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials.

(Reporting by Sai Sachin Ravikumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)