Feeds

Yahoo! gets animated GIF commendation for defending user privacy

'If a company secretly fights a secret court, is it still PR?'

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has commended Yahoo! for parrying the federal government's attempts to secretly slurp user data.

Yahoo! was awarded a sparkling-star GIF and a commendation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Monday for its thankless fight to preserve its users' privacy against secret requests from secret courts in the democracy surveillance state known as America.

"Yahoo went to bat for its users – not because it had to, and not because of a possible PR benefit – but because it was the right move for its users and the company," Mark Rumold of the EFF wrote. "It's precisely this type of fight – a secret fight for user privacy – that should serve as the gold standard for companies, and such a fight must be commended."

Although Yahoo's fight was unsuccessful, and a ruling against it by the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review in 2008 caused it to hand over data, the EFF commended the Purple Palace for taking a stand.

Yahoo! is the only company in the EFF's "Who Has Your Back" report to have received a flashing gold star, as opposed to the static stars awarded to all other companies. However, the company "still has a way to go in the other Who Has Your Back categories," the EFF observed, noting that it is the last major email provider to not use HTTPS by default.

Besides Yahoo!, the EFF also recognized Twitter, MySpace, Sonic.net, Google, Comcast, and Amazon for fighting for their user's rights to privacy within the courts.

The commendation of Yahoo! for defending user privacy comes after reports surfaced that Marissa Mayer, has given each of Yahoo!'s 11,000 employees an athletic wrist band that can track movement, sleep patterns, and other data as part of a rumored revamp that will turn the Purple Palace into a futuristic panopticon. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.