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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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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
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.

: 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.

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