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Report: Yahoo Scanned All Users' Incoming Emails For U.S. Government

This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Yahoo secretly scanned all of its users’ incoming emails at the request of the U.S. government, according to a Reuters report published Tuesday.

The company allegedly built a custom program last year to bulk search emails for specific information, but it remains unclear what the government requested.

In a statement, Yahoo disputed parts of the report, calling it “misleading.”

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks to Joseph Menn, who broke the story for Reuters, about the program.

Guest

Joseph Menn, technology projects reporter for Reuters. He tweets @josephmenn.

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