Yahoo Got Into Massive Problems, Made A Program Allowing US Intelligence Agencies To Read Users Mails

Yahoo is facing some serious problems. The first being the fact that the company admitted it made a program enabling US Intelligence Services to search (and read) every single incoming message of every user. All in real time. So, the company basically took the privacy rights of its users and threw them in the bin, to say the least. Can you even imagine what level of privacy invasion this is? If NSA, for instance, wants to search data of one particular user all they have to do is to search for the user and then slowly look at all messages the user received. They don’t even have to file a warrant, all data is out there, on Yahoo servers, up for grabs for everyone having the access to the program.

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This is unprecedented, especially because users from all over the world can become targets for surveillance. Basically, Yahoo made a wire-tap that don’t even have to be planted, it easy can tap on every user’s Yahoo account and sweep the user’s messages, while the said user doesn’t have any idea he’s being tapped.

ACLU Staff Attorney, Patrick Tomey stated that “The order issued to Yahoo appears to be unprecedented and unconstitutional. The government appears to have compelled Yahoo to conduct precisely the type of general, suspicionless search that the Fourth Amendment was intended to prohibit.”

It all becomes much worse when we take into account the international scope of the situation. Not only are US citizens under the microscope of Intelligence Agencies (which is unconstitutional) but people from all around the world are targeted for surveillance. Let’s just think for a second how many laws are broken because of this.

Other Software giants, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Twitter issued statements is which they assure their users that they have never received similar orders and that no government agency got their hands on the user data. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said the following, “I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.”

Further, it is revealed that former Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo, Alex Stamos, resigned from his position during 2015, after he found out about the program. He didn’t even get asked for his opinion about implementing the program.

Yahoo is in serious problems. Last month it has been revealed that more than 500 million user accounts were compromised by “state-sponsored actors.” It’s like 1984, but worse. And if you hope for Yahoo to stop using the program, well that’s not going to happen. The company has been bought by Verizon, and Telecom companies had a very big role in state-wide information gathering, gathering data of millions of users, as Edward Snowden revealed. And that’s just in the US; around the world, billions of people had been targeted for data collection.

So  yeah, Yahoo is in grave situation, and if the company doesn’t conduct massive changes, it will be abandoned by millions of users.

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