Who says that Marissa Mayer is difficult to work with?
Well, almost everyone, but definitely not the United States Government, which asked Evita Breadsticks to spy on her own users in the off-chance that there were any terrorists old and lame enough to have Yahoo email accounts in the year 2015. And while the Feds have almost certainly wanted to do this before only to hear techies go apeshit about encryption and privacy, this might have very well been the first time that a major tech CEO responded back with "Totally! When do we start?"
In fact, according to Reuters, Marissa went full Iron Patriot in her betrayal of Yahoo email users.
Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.
Hey, maybe Marissa reasoned that since she was already covering-up a massive hack that exposed the accounts of about 500 million Yahoo users, what's the harm in a little light surveillance? But apparently that sh!t did not fly inside Yahoo, where mostly everyone already detested Marissa but were still shocked that she was going to play along with an NSA spying program...
According to two of the former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook Inc.
And Stamos wasn't just putting on airs. According to reporting by Mashable, literally revery other major tech company that handles this type of personal data is acting flummoxed and appalled by Marissa's decision to not just play along with the Feds, but to build software that accommodated their request to secretly violate the privacy of Yahoo users.
Here's what Microsoft told Masahble:
"We have never engaged in the secret scanning of email traffic like what has been reported today about Yahoo.”
"We've never received such a request, but if we did, our response would be simple: 'no way,'"
“We've never received a request like this, and were we to receive it we'd challenge it in a court."
"Facebook has never received a request like the one described in these news reports from any government, and if we did we would fight it."
“We have never received a request of this type. If we were to receive one, we would oppose it in court."
One company that remains titillatingly mum on this most recent Yahoo shitstorm is of course Verizon, the company in the process of buying Yahoo for almost $5 billion and is now realizing that the term sheet might have been ghostwritten by Neil Simon. Because while Verizon fell hard in love over the summer, with each passing day it becomes clearer that it now finds itself engaged to a straight-up crazy person.