Yahoo CEO feared jail for refusing data

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San Francisco: Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer has said she feared winding up in prison for treason if she refused to comply with US spy demands for data.
Her comments came on Wednesday after being asked what she is doing to protect Yahoo users from “tyrannical government” during an on-stage interview at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.
Mayer said Yahoo scrutinises and fights US government data requests stamped with the authority of a foreign intelligence surveillance court, but when the company losses battles it must do as directed or risk being branded a traitor.
Data requests authorised by the court come with an order barring anyone at the company receiving the request from disclosing anything about them, even their existence.
“If you don’t comply, it is treason,” Mayer said when asked why she couldn’t just spill details of requests by US spy agencies for info about Yahoo users.  

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