Yahoo has been accused of scanning user’s emails and sending the information to US Intelligence agencies. The American multinational technology company has billion of active users monthly and out of them 225 million are the active users of Yahoo mail service.
The company has secretly built a customized software program search for all of its user’s incoming emails and specific information to provide to US Intelligence. This is not the first time that Yahoo is in the news of scanning. Earlier it has been in the news of hacking 5000 active users emails.
Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo are among the major tech companies that publish transparency reports about government for user data. But none of the companies except Yahoo have claimed that have not received any similar requests for the custom software from the government.
“We have never engaged in the secret scanning of email traffic like what has been reported today about Yahoo,” said by the Microsoft representative.
“We’ve never received such a request, but if we did, our response would be simple: no way,” said by the Spokesperson of the Google.
According to the reports on Tuesday, Yahoo has been compiled with US government directive and scanning hundreds and millions of Yahoo mail accounts at the order of National Security Agency (NSA) and FBI for various reasons. It also includes prevention of terrorist attacks.
“I’ve never seen that, a wiretap in real time on a ‘selector,’” said Albert Gidari, a lawyer who represented telecom companies on surveillance issues for the past 20 years. “It would be really difficult for a provider to do that.”
Collecting bulk data on US phones, emails by internet companies is nothing for the first time. Government officials and private surveillance expert’s claims, that they have not seen such a real-time collection on the web.