Big technology companies, including Google, Microsoft Corp., Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. denied scanning incoming user emails on behalf of the U.S. government, following a report that Yahoo Inc. had built such a system.
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According to Reuters, the Yahoo system contained a flaw that could have allowed hackers to access email messages.
I can’t wait to hear the European response to this. You might think the intelligence community would have learned that overly-broad surveillance did more harm than good to its goal of collecting actionable intelligence (nevermind constitutional issues), but you’d be wrong.
It’s possible that the intelligence community (or Yahoo) has the ability to sift these huge volumes of data for meaningful intelligence that can be actioned, but I have my doubts.