Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is putting its users’ minds at ease. The tech titan said that it is not scanning your emails like Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). This comes after a new report discovered that Yahoo created special software to scan its users’ emails for U.S. intelligence gathering.
Microsoft Corporation Isn’t Reading Your Emails
After Reuters reported that Yahoo was scanning its users emails for the U.S. government, users wondered if other tech brands were perusing their emails. Well, now you are being reassured.
A plethora of tech firms are coming out telling everyone they aren’t reading your emails in secret. Everyone from Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), a number of tech giants want to clear the air. To do this, they promise they’re not following the same pattern as Yahoo.
One of these tech behemoths included Microsoft. The firm issued a statement to Fortune magazine to say they are not conducting a surveillance program. Microsoft has millions of Hotmail and Outlook accounts.
“We have never engaged in the secret scanning of email traffic like what has been reported today about Yahoo,” a media rep said.
Meanwhile, the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) are not spying on you. In fact, some of the tech giants even said they would fight the requests tooth and nail. However, we may find out differently if WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange releases a new batch of documents in relation to Google.
What Yahoo Did That Microsoft Corporation Didn’t
Here is exactly what Yahoo did that Microsoft hasn’t done:
According to Reuters, Yahoo scanned all incoming emails for various characters. This was done on behalf of either the FBI or the NSA. Although Yahoo had fought previous requests for data, it was reported that Yahoo complied this time. Yahoo believed it wouldn’t be able to successfully combat the inquiry.
The report stated that Yahoo installed a program to conduct the request in early 2015. The newswire did not say what information or data were handed over to the FBI or NSA. It also did not confirm if Yahoo was still employing the software.
Civil libertarians and private property proponents are upset about the report.
“It is deeply disappointing that Yahoo declined to challenge this sweeping surveillance order, because customers are counting on technology companies to stand up to novel spying demands in court,” said Patrick Toomey, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, in a statement.
Yahoo, in response to the report, said that it was a “law-abiding firm” that complied with U.S. laws. Today, Yahoo calls the report “misleading,” but refused to deny the allegations made in the article.
“The article is misleading,” said Yahoo’s statement. “We narrowly interpret every government request for user data to minimize disclosure. The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.”
Whether or not the report is accurate, Yahoo’s shares haven’t been affected. At the time of this writing, Yahoo shares are up 1.55 percent to just under $44. Some experts are speculating that Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) may try to lower its $4.8 billion purchase of Yahoo because of the discovery.