Yahoo! to encrypt users’ data

Yahoo! to encrypt users’ data

Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo! CC image courtesy of Keraunoscopia.

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! chief executive officer (CEO), has announced the company’s plan to encrypt all information that travels between its data centres, in a bid to protect user data.


The action taken by Yahoo! is expected to implemented by March 2014 and follows revelations the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) secretly obtained data from companies such as Google and Yahoo!’s privately owned and managed data centres.

“Yahoo! has never given access to our data centres to the NSA or any other government agency. Ever,” Mayer said in a blog post, adding that users deserved protection over their data.

Just like Google, Yahoo! will also apply SSL encryption across all its websites within the same timeframe, working closely with international mail partners to ensure the firm’s co-branded Mail accounts are HTTPS- enabled.

Yahoo! will also offer users an option to conceal their personal data before the end of first quarter next year.


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