Following a report that Yahoo! Inc. in 2015 secretly allowed U.S. intelligenceagencies to scan customers' incoming emails, several U.S. tech giants havesought to distance themselves from the controversy, TechCrunch.com reportedOct. 4.
Representatives of Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. all reportedly 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.
Twitter and Microsoft representatives pointed out theirexisting lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Justice to seek greatertransparency while disclosing information about government requests for userdata.
According to the report, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decisionto comply with the classified order reportedly led to the of the company's ChiefInformation Security Officer Alex Stamos in 2015.
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