Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, stated at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco that she could not say anything more about the NSA and Yahoo’s compliance as this would be amount to treason.
However, Marissa Mayer did reference Yahoo’s unsuccessful attempt to sue the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance in 2007. FISA are the official body that grants NSA the legal backing required for its surveillance programmes. FISA are supported by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is a law which prescribes produces for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of foreign intelligence information. The law has repeatedly been changed since the September 11th attacks.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, declared that the US government has tipped the balance between citizen rights and its duty to protect and serve. Zuckerberg stated that, ‘the government blew it.’
Nonetheless, Facebook and Yahoo joined Microsoft and Google in a lawsuit against the US government in order to gain the right to disclose the number of NSA requests they receive. Facebook wish to publish information including who had their messages and other personal content forcibly released to the NSA. Remember if these companies do not comply with NSA they can be jailed under treason charges. Hence why many of these companies are forced into handing over information to the NSA.
Since the unveiling of the Prism surveillance programme by Edward Snowden many tech giants are wishing to clear their names and prove they were not in co-operation with NSA.
What is even more shocking and disturbing is that it has become apparent that NSA is working with its UK counterpart, the UK Government Communications Headquarters, in order to hack internet encryption and essentially bring an end to internet privacy.