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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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By Cerin218 on 9/13/2013 6:10:24 PM , Rating: 2
She's a bundler for Obama. What in the H would she fear treason charges for? If the people ACTUALLY responsible for the actual treason on illegally spying didn't worry about jail why would she? Why would Obama jail her? 99 out of 100 stories on Yahoo's homepage are Obama/liberal agenda propaganda pieces.




By Solandri on 9/14/2013 1:44:49 AM , Rating: 2
I suspect this whole thing has progressed to the point where it's taken on a life of its own. And like the French Revolution, McCarthyism, and the Cultural Revolution, the most loyal followers and even the leaders of the movement themselves feared for their lives.

At least that's what I hope is happening. The alternative - that a significant fraction if not a majority of government workers actually believe this sort of warrant-less monitoring and eavesdropping is in some way justifiable under the Constitution - is just too frightening to consider.


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