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Report: Yahoo gave US intel agencies access to customer emails

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NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo scanned hundreds of millions of incoming emails at the behest of U.S. intelligence or law enforcement, according to a report published Tuesday.

The internet company conducted the surveillance last year after receiving a classified demand from the National Security Agency or the FBI, Reuters said in its story. The report cited three former Yahoo employees and another unidentified person familiar with the matter.

Those individuals told Reuters that the government pushed Yahoo to search for a string of letters, numbers or other characters. That meant the fishing expedition could have involved finding a specific phrase or code in the text of an email or an attachment.

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Yahoo built a special software program to comply with the government’s request, according to Reuters.

The Sunnyvale, California, company did not deny the report in a Tuesday statement that described itself as a company “that complies with the laws of the United States.” The Department of Justice and the FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment. – READ MORE

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