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Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence

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Why should you & me who are private individuals worry about this? The Indian Government officials should not use these private emails ever for transmitting confidential information !

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence

October 5, 2016

Yahoo secretly scanned millions of its users' email accounts on behalf of the US government, according to a report.

Reuters news agency says the firm built special software last year to comply with a classified request.

"Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States," the tech firm said in a statement provided to the BBC.

The allegation comes less than a fortnight after Yahoo said hackers had stolen data about many of its users.

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a US Internet company agreeing to a spy agency's demand by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.

Yahoo is in the process of being taken over by Verizon Communications in a $4.8bn deal. The telecoms provider declined to comment on the report.

In such a competitive world, nothing remains secrete any more. It is safer not to save personal information in any online portal.
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