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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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Marissa Mayer has...
By Spookster on 9/13/2013 12:51:53 PM , Rating: 4
got to be the hottest CEO ever in the history of CEO's. Wait what were we talking about again?

RE: Marissa Mayer has...
By Brandon Hill on 9/13/2013 1:06:15 PM , Rating: 5
RE: Marissa Mayer has...
By Spookster on 9/13/2013 6:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
Oh my gosh make her stop laughing!!! Ok she's hot as long as she doesn't laugh.

RE: Marissa Mayer has...
By amanojaku on 9/13/2013 1:06:38 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe the hottest technology company CEO. I'm sure there were/are hotter CEOs in fashion, makeup, etc...

Like Dannia Ashe, the former porn model, stripper, and customer of mine. Her website was one of the most technologically advanced back 1999, running on clustered SGI servers with custom software.

Anyway, back to the topic...

RE: Marissa Mayer has...
By Jeffk464 on 9/13/2013 1:44:01 PM , Rating: 4
Na Mayer is better.

RE: Marissa Mayer has...
By km9v on 9/16/2013 10:02:28 AM , Rating: 2
I concur.

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