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Report: Yahoo contests report about scanning emails for US intelligence

Yahoo! contesting a reportthat claimed the company developed a software program to scan Yahoo Mailaccounts for U.S. intelligence, Bloomberg News reported Oct. 5.

The company reportedly called the Reuters report "misleading" ina statement, adding, "We narrowly interpret every government request foruser data to minimize disclosure. The mail scanning described in the articledoes not exist on our systems."

Yahoo reportedly built a custom software program whichsearched all incoming emails for the FBI or NSA.It was the company's CEO, Marissa Mayer, who decidedto agree to the demand that came in the form of a classified order sent toYahoo's legal team, according to the report.

Other tech giants distancedthemselves from the company's email search. All of them said that they did notreceive any such surveillance request from the U.S. government, and even ifthey did, they would have challenged the requests in court.

Recently, Yahoo carried out an investigation whichconfirmed that datalinked with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network inlate 2014 by what it termed a "state-sponsored actor."