Yahoo calls report of secret email scanning ‘misleading’

Yahoo has called a Reuters article about a secret email scanning program “misleading,” and said no such system exists. 

On Tuesday, the Reuters article claimed that Yahoo had created the custom software program after receiving a classified U.S. government order.  That software program is reportedly capable of scanning all incoming emails from Yahoo customers for information provided by U.S. intelligence officials.

However, on Wednesday Yahoo disputed the report.

“We narrowly interpret every government request for user data to minimize disclosure. The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems,” the company said in an email. 

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