Yahoo “secretly” scans customer emails for US intelligence – sources

Posted: October 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

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It’s not secret any more. Let’s see if any other webmail providers step forward and offer a surveillance free service. I’m not holding my breath.

YOUR PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY

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Source: Reuters

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events.

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency’s demand by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.

It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an…

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