Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Feared Treason for Failing to Comply with NSA Requests
September 13, 2013 10:54 AM
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She said Yahoo protects its users by working "within the system"
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
, 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.
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9/13/2013 8:13:01 PM
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.
9/14/2013 11:59:12 AM
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.
9/14/2013 1:40:56 PM
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.
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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