Four things for PR pros to know Friday, 9.12.14

How Yahoo fought the government on surveillance; Brands keep close eye on the NFL; Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa.

More information about the National Security Agency's Prism program came to light Thursday after a federal court unsealed 1,500 pages of documents in a case involving Yahoo. The records reveal that the US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it didn't comply with a court order to hand over user data. Yahoo fought the government's demands but eventually lost, setting the precedent for other tech companies to participate in Prism.

Over the past several months, Yahoo had pressed the court to release the documents. "We consider this an important win for transparency, and hope these records help promote informed discussion about the relationship between privacy, due process and intelligence gathering," Yahoo general counsel Ron Bell wrote in a blog post.

Brands are keeping a close eye on the NFL's investigation of how it handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case. NFL sponsors including General Motors, FedEx, and TD Ameritrade said they were not making changes to their deals with the league but were monitoring the situation. Earlier this week, the NFL appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.

Chinese regulators have fined Volkswagen and Chrysler for violating antitrust laws. The fines total about $46 million. In recent months, foreign companies from the auto, technology, pharmaceutical, and food packaging sectors have come under increased scrutiny in China.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is returning to Iowa, where she will speak Sunday at two Democratic events. It is her first visit to Iowa in six years, after losing in the state's caucus during her 2008 bid for the presidency. Clinton is widely expected to take another shot at the White House in 2016.

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