Yahoo! involved in unprecedented privacy violation #security

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Yahoo let the NSA read your email before you even opened it.

Website, Fight for the Future is directing people to delete their Yahoo! accounts after it was found that the company had been redirecting all personal emails to the NSA for analysis. “This is an absolutely unprecedented privacy violation. Surveillance experts and former government officials are saying they have never seen such a broad demand for real-time digital surveillance, never mind one that calls for the creation of a new computer program. This program, essentially a wire-tap on the web, is beyond the scope of any of the already overreaching surveillance laws currently on the books.”

The original story broke via Reuters, which stated that, “[Yahoo!] complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.”

Personally this makes me a little suspicious of any email web service or social media site now. If Yahoo! complied perhaps Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft have also complied with the NSA.

 

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