The Government Threatened to Hit Yahoo With a Huge Daily Fine If It Didn’t Give Up PRISM Data

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A federal court released 1,500 pages of documents Thursday detailing Yahoo’s 2008 fight to keep the NSA from spying on its users under the then-confidential PRISM program (revealed last summer by Edward Snowden). The government won the fight and apparently didn’t shy away from strong-arm tactics: Yahoo said it faced a $250,000 daily fine for holding out.