It’s been a rough month for Yahoo. Within a few weeks, the struggling tech-company was accused of undermining its customers’ security and privacy, after a massive hack of user-data from 2014 was followed-up this fall with allegations of involvement in an unprecedented government surveillance program. The question now, writes Andrea Castillo, is whether more tech companies are secretly complying with federal orders to spy on us?
According to Reuters, Yahoo secretly allowed the surveillance program to scan all incoming emails to Yahoo accounts. The custom software was reportedly built by Yahoo at the behest of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI, at the direction of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge. Intelligence agencies, seeking to cast the widest net possible, would have an incentive to seek such orders from all of the most-popular email and communication services, notes Castillo. For now, however, other tech companies are claiming innocence.