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She said Yahoo protects its users by working "within the system"

Yahoo's chief executive officer said she was apprehensive about not giving in to the government's requests for data because of possible imprisonment for treason. 

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told an audience at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco that she feared treason charges and imprisonment if she refused to give the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) what it wanted. 

"If you don't comply, it is treason," said Mayer. "We can't talk about it because it is classified. Releasing classified information is treason, and you are incarcerated. In terms of protecting our users, it makes more sense to work within the system."

Mayer explained that Yahoo typically battles US government data requests from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but if Yahoo loses that fight, the company doesn't have much of a choice. 

Many tech companies like Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft are trying to receive permission to disclose what kinds of information the government requested in the past in order to increase transparency for users. 


Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer [Image Source: NPR]

This all stemmed from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's spy programs, and how it tapped into the phone calls and emails of Americans. The government said this data was used to fight terrorist attacks, but the public feared for their privacy after the discovery. 

Last month, reports said that the NSA admitted to touching 1.6 percent of total globe Web traffic. Its technique was to filter data after harvesting it, which led to over-collection on a major scale. 

Days later, an internal audit showed that the NSA broke the law nearly 3,000 times from 2011 to 2012. More specifically, the May 2012 audit revealed that the NSA had abused its power to either accidentally or intentionally spy on Americans and green card holders 2,997 times in that time period. 

More recent reports show that the NSA bypasses several types of Internet encryption, and even used back-door access to tech giants like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Microsoft for three years to gain the information it wanted. Furthermore, Snowden said that the NSA spends about $250 million USD to diminish international encryption standards (as well as products) so that it can decode what it wants.

Source: Yahoo News



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Treason?
By amanojaku on 9/13/2013 11:24:33 AM , Rating: 6
The federal and local governments are committing treason by blocking transparency, violating privacy laws, and performing acts against the will of the people. Funny thing, though. We can't seem to get politicians held accountable as easily as they can abuse us.




RE: Treason?
By jRaskell on 9/13/2013 11:28:00 AM , Rating: 5
The sad reality is the bulk of voters just don't care.


RE: Treason?
By Argon18 on 9/13/2013 12:11:54 PM , Rating: 5
The bulk of the voters are too stupid to educate themselves on the issues of the day. How do you think Obama was elected? You can sell anything with enough media hype and celebrity endorsements...


RE: Treason?
By Schrag4 on 9/13/2013 12:20:23 PM , Rating: 5
When someone votes for the guy promising them something, it doesn't necessarily mean they're too stupid to realize that they're essentally stealing from others (their children more than anyone). Many are stupid, yes, but I believe it's more about a lack of integrity. There are many who are quite skilled at gaming the system for their benefit.


RE: Treason?
By Schadenfroh on 9/15/2013 12:49:13 PM , Rating: 4
There was a reason why originally only landowners (modern day equivalent of net income tax payers) were allowed to vote...


RE: Treason?
By hpglow on 9/13/2013 1:07:38 PM , Rating: 1
Yes because it is just Obama that is corrupt in the government. I hate to break it to you but the whole house and senate are bought as well regardless of party. They are all fed massive amounts of money from special interest groups. Our country is pretty much run by the most corrupt institutions like big corporations, the federal reserve, large corrupt churches, banks, the NRA, and unions. Who isn't represented in our government? Oh like the working person or 90% of the population.


RE: Treason?
By Jeffk464 on 9/13/2013 1:31:12 PM , Rating: 5
Any system where you are allowed to buy elections will eventually lead to corruption its a no brainer. Until you get big money out of elections this will never be fixed.


RE: Treason?
By ebakke on 9/13/2013 8:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
Any system where the majority's allowed to have their way with the minority will eventually lead to corruption; it's a no brainer. As soon as the majority learn they can just take from the minority, they'll keep hiring politicians to steal on their behalf.


RE: Treason?
By mmatis on 9/14/2013 11:59:12 AM , Rating: 2
More like any system where the "Law Enforcement" spit on their very oath of office to the Constitution with impunity is thoroughly corrupt. THEY are sworn to deal appropriately with these traitors, and are armed to do so. Instead, they grovel before whoever signs their paycheck, and then do WHATEVER they are told. A Praetorian Guard in the very worst sense of the term. Nothing more.


RE: Treason?
By Piiman on 9/14/2013 1:40:56 PM , Rating: 2
That's because Law enforcement types are like robot. If it’s against the law they enforce it. Unfortunately all these crooks have to do is pass a law that favors themselves and poof Law Enforcement is now on their side.


RE: Treason?
By Reclaimer77 on 9/13/13, Rating: -1
RE: Treason?
By jeepga on 9/13/2013 8:02:16 PM , Rating: 3
While your statements are true, your point isn't relevant to who you replied to. Obama is the figurehead for this. And it's just one of a slew of his scandals.

Republican or democrat makes no difference. It's just a shell game to them to keep and grow control. "Hey little citizen look over here. Now look over here."


RE: Treason?
By Reclaimer77 on 9/14/2013 9:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
Now Obama is a "figurehead" for some GOP/Democrat conspiracy? Just lol.

Its amazing how some people cannot bring themselves to blame Obama for anything that happens under his Presidency.


RE: Treason?
By Skywalker123 on 9/15/2013 6:02:37 AM , Rating: 3
Obama is a puppet, that doesn't make him innocent.


RE: Treason?
By euclidean on 9/17/2013 10:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Now Obama is a "figurehead" for some GOP/Democrat conspiracy? Just lol.

Its amazing how some people cannot bring themselves to blame Obama for anything that happens was outed under his Presidency.


Doesn't give him a free pass, but putting all of the blame on 1 president, when the majority of this was started by the previous administration, and upheld by congress (committees made up of both parties were aware of what was going on) is just ridiculous.

Integrity:
quote:
: the quality of being honest and fair

: the state of being complete or whole


I would say that Snowden has more Integrity than many, if not all, of our pols & the companies who 'fear' going to prison by fighting back on these requests. If it wasn't for him, know one would know the scope (well, I feel we only know a small part of the scope of this so far...) of the NSA/CIA in this mess.

One thing you can always count on: Executives & Pols trading their integrity for more power/money. If they really cared, they would take the hit and fight back. To blame all of this on a single person (Obama) shows how blind you are to the problems at hand.


RE: Treason?
By michael67 on 9/14/2013 9:19:54 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
The bulk of the voters are too stupid to educate themselves on the issues of the day.

And how can they do that ?

When the news is delivered by companies like News Corp, that has run down every news outlet it got its hands on, from a serous news outlet to infotainment fluff papers, and news programs that purposely twist the truth(1).
(1) www.google.com/search?q=fox+news+purposely+twisting

Owned by the worst modern day robber baron(2) that has no problem running competitors in to the ground by stealing there intellectual property(3), and cry at politicians that there is stolen by consumers, and want if possible the dead senescent for those pesky consumers that dear to steal from him!
(2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robber_baron
(3) www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/murdoch-tv-hackin g

That man has done more damage to modern society then Germany did in the 40s, at least most of the Nazis did it out a believe that they ware doing it for the Fatherland and improving the world (even do it was a very twisted one), Murdoch dose it because he is sociopath that gets of on controlling people, and getting even more money that he dose not need anymore.

Crappy links due to incompetence of the DT website designer that don't allow us to use normal links. (failing anti spam protocol)


RE: Treason?
By Piiman on 9/14/2013 1:36:57 PM , Rating: 4
"The bulk of the voters are too stupid to educate themselves on the issues of the day. How do you think Obama was elected? "

By educating ourselves about Mitt.


RE: Treason?
By Nfarce on 9/16/2013 11:36:47 PM , Rating: 2
And he's been such a hell of a success story, hasn't he?


RE: Treason?
By EyesWideOpen on 9/13/2013 12:05:39 PM , Rating: 5
A combination of factors all coming together at the same time is allowing the NSA to violate the constitution. This problem is greater than this single incident. The federal government is structured and growing its power over every little detail of life and they are hoping that we will look at this as just another little thing we will have to put up with. This situation is caused by both the far left and the far right sides of the political spectrum; because when they have the power, it will be their weapon to use as they see fit. There is a reason that the constitution is scared ground that you do not tread upon; because every step they take in violation is allowing them to take more. Old saying “Give them an inch and they will take a mile”. Here is another old saying “If you let a camel can stick its nose in the tent, it won’t be long before the entire camel is in the tent”. The security that they say they are protecting isn’t an easy job; they are just lazy and taking short cuts across the constitution. <End Rant>


RE: Treason?
By Jeffk464 on 9/13/2013 1:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'm liking her more and more all the time. Smart, good looking, successful, and willing to stand up for people's rights.


RE: Treason?
By Jeffk464 on 9/13/2013 1:27:43 PM , Rating: 5
Marissa Mayer please keep this issue in the press.


RE: Treason?
By ebakke on 9/13/2013 8:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
These guys are standing up for people's rights. http://mashable.com/2013/08/09/silent-circle-lavab... They deserve your kudos.

Mayer's better than others, but she wasn't out there standing up for your rights until someone threatened her livelihood. Consider me a cynic, but it certainly seems like she's trying to protect her company (and thus, herself) far more than she's trying to protect you.


RE: Treason?
By 1prophet on 9/14/2013 12:42:48 PM , Rating: 4
Stand up for peoples rights?

She went to the back of the bus when she was told just like all the other cowardly CEO's.


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