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This article is about Yahoo building a software program that would secretly scan users emails, and this was done at the request of a US intelligence officials. This was done in 2015 via a secret court order and the information is reported to have gone to the NSA or FBI.
Many top Yahoo officials were unaware of this and the Chief Information Security Officer resigned from the company, expressing regret that he was left out of this information.
It’s pretty scary how open our lives have become. I assume, if there was a court order, there was a legitimate concern. But it just goes to reinforce the fact that you should not put anything into any digital medium that you would not want being read by another person! There is no privacy. Be it hackers or the government, the information can be obtained!