Protecting user data should always be a top concern for the companies we trust to provide us information. We won’t get into the politics of government requests for data and the NSA scandals, though we do appreciate when companies come forward and tell us what’s going on and what they’re doing to continue to protect us. Apple and Google both recently published government data request reports, and now Yahoo is being a bit more transparent .
“As you know, there have been a number of reports over the last six months about the U.S. government secretly accessing user data without the knowledge of tech companies, including Yahoo,” CEO Marissa Mayer said in a blog post Monday. “I want to reiterate what we have said in the past: Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency. Ever.”
Mayer said Yahoo’s top priority is to protect privacy, and that it’s now taking additional steps to make sure data is more protected than ever. In addition to adding new 2048-bit key SSL encryption to its Yahoo Mail client, Yahoo will also encrypt all data that travels between its data centers by the end of the first quarter of next year, Mayer said. The company will also offer the option for users to encrypt data traveling to and from Yahoo by that same time period, and promises to make sure it’s working with international email partners to make sure that co-branded clients are also secure.
Mayer said she and Yahoo don’t take customer trust for granted. We appreciate the work Yahoo promises to do, and hope that these features are indeed implemented on time.