Yahoo asks U.S. for clarity on email scanning
Yahoo! Inc. demanded that the U.S. government be more transparent in requests for user data after reports said that the company had built a software to scan customer's emails for the U.S. intelligence agencies.
In a letter sent to the director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, the enterprise said it "is formally urging that the U.S. government provide its citizens with clarification around national security orders they issue to internet companies to obtain user data." The letter also claimed that the company has been "unable to respond" to news articles detailing the alleged government-mandated email scanning, but that "Your office, however, is well positioned to clarify this matter of public interest."
According to an earlier unconfirmed report, the scanning involved searching through email accounts of every user and may have gone beyond other U.S. government requests for information. However, Yahoo called the alleged claims from the report misleading, stating that "the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."