Yesterday, when I posted this story on Yahoo’s massive e-mail scanning program, I wondered how many other companies did the same thing. Well, Apple, Google and Microsoft have now gone on record to day that they don’t. Mostly. Let’s start with Google via a story from Vocativ:
We’ve never received such a request, but if we did, our response would be simple: ‘no way’
Microsoft in the same story said this:
We have never engaged in the secret scanning of email traffic like what has been reported today about Yahoo.
Apple really didn’t have much to say, other than to have you refer to CEO Tim Cook’s official letter on consumer privacy which says this in part:
I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.
Other companies such has Facebook and Twitter said similar things. Now that sounds all warm and fuzzy on the surface. But I want to point this out to you. We don’t know if these companies have ever been approached to do something like this. That would add a lot of colour to this story. I wonder if these companies will come clean at some point.