Oct 04, 2016 Whether Yahoo’s kowtowing to the NSA/FBI is just the tip of the iceberg
Yahoo is reported to have kowtowed to a National Security Agency or Federal Bureau of Investigation’s demand to rat out its customers to the federal government in realtime, apparently through monitoring for keywords as emails are delivered.
Although this Reuters article indicates that Yahoo may be the only social media company to do such ratting in real time, that does not rule out that other companies have not been kowtowing to the federal government with customers’ archived emails.
Reuters reports, in part:
“According to two of the former [Yahoo] employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s decision to obey the [NSA realtime ratting] directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook Inc.” Thanks to Alex Stamos for standing up against this privacy-violating kowtowing (which does not assure, however, that Facebook never kowtows to government intelligence agency privacy-violating demands).
When the government demands that a company compromise its customers’ privacy, the company should have the backbone to fight such demands, even if that means paying lawyers to help the fight.