Yahoo has now joined the transparency party, disclosing for the first time on Friday the number of requests (PDF) for user data that it received from law enforcement and other government agencies worldwide. Facebook shared its figures for the first time late last month, following other companies like Twitter, Google, and Microsoft.

As Kashmir Hill, a reporter for Forbes, observantly pointed out: “Telecoms are black hole[s] still.” Not surprisingly, the United States leads Yahoo’s list by far.

The company reported that during the first half of 2013, American authorities made 12,444 requests of 40,322 accounts. Yahoo handed over content in 37 percent of cases, whereas in 55 percent of the cases, the company handed over only “non-content data” (NCD), which includes:     

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