Yahoo is taking a lot of heat (and rightfully so) for handing over information that landed Chinese journalist, Shi Tao, in jail. But it’s not just in China. Yahoo recently refused to comment on whether they turn over user data to the NSA.

Callahan [Yahoo’s senior vice president and general counsel] refused to say whether a demand from the NSA–not backed by a court order–qualifies as required by law.

It is becoming increasingly clear that electronic surveillance (including illegal eavesdropping) is becoming normalized. These practices were once thought to only be prevelent in authoritarian countries, such as China. But the same techniques used to spy on Chinese dissidents are being used against anti-war activists and others and it is not unreasonable to believe that tech companies are willing, just like in China, to turn over your data.

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