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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 michael67 on 9/14/2013 9:19:54 AM , Rating: 4
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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)


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