Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.


Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. 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.

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  1. I am saddened by this. I know we must have security but I hope it would be balanced with the needs of the people to have their rights and liberties. In fact based just on their own security breach this kind of surveillance can backfire and the results can be used against the security we so desperately seek. I think the mass collection of any communications for government officials shouldn’t be allowed. If the government has cause to suspect someone and needs their communications let them specify the accounts they need. To do a mass collection without a specific target individual is to gather evidence against everyone in case someone commits a crime. I think this is akin to having everyone give a D.N.A. sample at birth and keeping it available to all law enforcement just in case a crime is committed. It seems to me to be against the 5th amendment right against self incrimination. Instead of such mass collections I would love to see as much effort go into cyber security to prevent hacking intrusions into computer systems. I would like to see both business and private homes better protected. That can be done in the provider’s network systems and wouldn’t interfere with the users. Because of the damage viruses can do to a network system and the extra data loads that malware can cause many internet providers give away free computer security software. They pretend it is a give away to the customer but in truth it helps the provider lower their cost. Thanks. Hugs

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