European Commission Seeks Clarification on Yahoo! Email Scanning


Yahoo! shares were inching higher Friday as Reuters cited European Commission spokesman Christian Wigand as saying regulators are asking U.S. authorities for clarifications on the internet giant’s scanning of emails.

The commission has asked the U.S. to explain how the secret Yahoo order fitted with the country’s commitments under the so-called Privacy Shield agreement that came into force in August, which limits the collection of and access to Europeans’ data stored on U.S. servers, even if the program ran before the Privacy Shield was in place, the report said, citing unnamed people as saying.

The Privacy Shield, which Yahoo has not signed up to, provides for a joint annual review to ensure the U.S. is respecting its commitment to limit the amount of data collected by U.S. agents.