This pales in comparison to their ongoing user security initiative of not having any users.
Or just closing down all their services, which seems to be their current method of operation.
You know, if you'd have told me 2 years ago … I'd see Yahoo of all companies give me a reason to create a mail account with them …
… I just flat-out wouldn't have believed you.
It's a good start.
It's important to note that all these uses of encryption protect only communications in transit between a user and Yahoo's servers, or within different parts of Yahoo's own infrastructure. That means it doesn't in any way change Yahoo's ability to turn over user data in response to government requests.
If you build it right, they will come.
It's worth noting that we've seen what happens when email providers try to get around this, and it's not pretty. The lavabit closure pretty much shows that trying to get around this is just not going to work and will result in worse actions being taken - and until the laws are changed, it is unlikely to work.
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