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)