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Published on June 6th, 2020 📆 | 2563 Views ⚑


This is how companies read your emails and why you need end-to-end encryption

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo all reserve the right to read your emails not just through machines, but by their employees too. Contents of your emails are for sale and scrutiny by poorly vetted actors, unless you start using end-to-end encryption and switch to secure email providers like ProtonMail, Tutanota or Posteo.

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In 2007, the US National Security Agency approached Yahoo with an order to gain direct access to its data centers and record and collect all information passing through in a decrypted form. Seven years later, the US intelligence came to Yahoo with a new request – to scan all of their users emails in real time on the governments behalf. Yahoo now reserves the right to read contents of your emails for any purposes – including research and targeted advertising.

Google has been long implementing the policy to read emails of Gmail users. In some cases, Google employees would be allowed to read private emails. Google lets hundreds of third-party developers access inboxes of Gmail users, read their contents, and even share that data with their partners.

Apple has started using their customers’ call and email metadata to assign devices “trust scores”, in what they claim to be measures against fraud.

Trusting companies with invasive privacy policies isn’t the only option you have. If you don’t want your private conversations to be exposed to advertisers and manipulative marketing campaigns you might disapprove of, the solution lies in end-to-end encrypted email.


Yahoo helps the government read your emails

How Apple, Yahoo and Google do the same

Microsoft also reads your emails

Gmail lets third parties to read your email and share it with their partners

Apple ‘trust’ score based on your emails

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43 Responses to This is how companies read your emails and why you need end-to-end encryption

  1. Can you make a video about alternative to video streaming. Alternative to YT which is censorship left and right. Loving your channel ! Hi 👋🏻 five

  2. I had a friend who didn't want to go full encryption with me. She stopped talking to me a while later over an imaginary interest payment she intended to collect due on a debt I paid for accidentally scratching her car with a metal box while volunteering to help her. Was she really a friend?

  3. Gmail fucked me once. I was emailing with a client. He wanted to get full color tri fold brochures printed. Gmail scanned the email and presented him with advertisements for tri fold brochures for cheaper than what I was charging. Needless to say, I lost the client. Thanks Google.

  4. Excellent video thank you so much for sharing this incredible story

  5. Is pretty simple, THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS FREE….

  6. MANOWAR says:

    Usa Australia Canada and China. Is no privacy. Plus you pay for this. Telecommunication is a big business like a big farma. Are the same people

  7. TURnKEYiNK says:

    The Internet is the tool box of the Orwellian Thougjt Police. Even if I setup a new ‘secure’ email account in Switzerland, the traffic still routes through dozens of Servers, any of which can perform redirects to a NSA server.
    IMO, either stop using email, or get thousands or millions of people to add every possible flagged word or phrase to their email signature.

  8. If I was NSA, I'd invest a billion or two set up paid and free VPN services, to give illusion of choice and make some of the "underground" "real" "private" services seem more legitimate than others. Then route them all through my end point gateway lol. Just saying.

  9. It is so fxxking convenient to use all mega free services with shine and glamour around it, yet it is our duty to resist such practisies, not only in US, but all over the world… God help us all. When today they read our emails, what it will be tomorrow? Executions based upon twitter posts? Think about it today rather then react tomorrow in a hurry.

  10. Great video, alot of people are not aware of there online privacy!

  11. CZ OS says:

    Yahoo's TOS is crazy AF. Already running owncloud. Need to get off my duff and setup my own email server.

  12. Privacy doesn't matter. It's a illusion just as most things in life.
    Don't worry about people watching your mail. You're not important enough to be worth the work from the respective companies or the government

  13. Watch Me says:

    I am always thinking about changing but Google is very convenient

  14. Yahoo, used to run on FreeBSD, and apart from its search engine, it had chat rooms, and a messenger and e-mail and everybody were using premade click hacking software for Yahoo you only needed to know somebody's e-mail address to read their e-mails. You only needed to know the address of the chat room, to get access to private chat. Years later GCHQ spy agency who has no authority over Yahoo, were running wild on Yahoo stealing Yahoo webcam images, from millions of users project nicknamed: optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk 1.8m users targeted by U.K. agency in six-month period alone. Material included large quantity of sexually explicit images. Yahoo has been giving away information long before anybody asked them to.

  15. bandokanon says:

    7:35 i hate this guy so much

  16. Yay, you thought that free email account was free? Really? They are companies that exists to earn money not to protect your dick pics.

  17. I'm going to make fake accounts, send a lot of encrypted emails to guys with names like Muhammad, Khalid, Omar ect ect, make up stories just to mess with the NSA.

  18. Alex Sh says:

    Until you have connection, you have no private live. Only way is whisper to ear or us high quality encryption program designed for you only.

  19. Privacy is for losers! >:(

  20. I just remember the subject of what someone else said:
    Properly implemented good crypto systems work, but endpoint security is usually the weak link and can typically be compromised.

    Your encrypted email might be computationally secure, but what does it matter if someone gets a keylogger on your system or can take screenshots.

  21. 4uufo says:

    Great explanation. well done

  22. Ok, Note to self, Use something like ProtonMail for confidential emails.

  23. There's no problem, use other services and you're good.

  24. Is Yandex a good option?

  25. Tim Burton says:

    Amerika, land of da free!!! /S

  26. CZ OS says:

    If you post about this in yahoo comments, your comments will be removed. If you do it multiple times (multiple blogs) they'll stop allowing your posts to go through.

  27. Tony Darcy says:

    I used to use gmail but have now switched to ProtonMail. I still get my gmail messages forwarded to my ProtonMail address as I haven’t transferred everything to the new address yet. There are a few frustrating things with ProtonMail like the mobile app is not the best (can’t filter by unread emails, emails in the same conversation show up separately, opening links in safari instead of the in-app browser etc.) and not being able to set it up to send emails from other accounts (I use this for my university and work accounts) but to me it’s worth the sacrifice.

  28. always very enlightening, u r the best man, thanks

  29. bill Niko says:

    You should pay more for how to protect your privacy videos,there list are poor numbers.

  30. So, I don't really understand why companies would let employees read emails? What added benefit does it have? It sounds like a very expensive thing to do when an algorithm can easily put you in a consumer category or any other kind of category much much faster.

  31. I hope those who are still denying this skeleton in the department, please fuck in front of me if really privacy is a small matter.

  32. Tutanota and proton mail and other “privacy encrypted” emails from outside the USA will be shared with the NSA First before even making it to American tele co isps.
    There’s no such thing as privacy.

  33. O. S. says:

    All that good and I strongly support idea of privacy.
    No one should read your email, except designated recipients.
    However until most of your recipients switch to ProtonMail or similar, your efforts almost lost. Because you still send emails to gmail, yahoo, etc. thus big companies read the email not on your side, but on recipients side.

  34. We should all include all target keywords in every email we send

  35. Sheri JK says:

    6:55 China does this. All the haters of President Trump need to think about their communications over the past 10 years.

  36. Sheri JK says:

    6:55 China does this. All the haters of President Trump need to think about their communications over the past 10 years.

  37. Amazing. After 2 false flag operations, (Oklahoma City and 911,) the government can scan your email and texts messages. Only key words and phrases trigger the system. Many people use jargon, broken english, and street vernacular, so that system is not accurate or ethical. The real criminals wear expensive suits to work and hide behind lawyers.

  38. Yeah encrypting the email doesn’t actually matter if the device you’re using is logged into your account and then there is the part about phone calls…the NSA monitors all phone calls and listens for certain words to trigger an investigation that’s been known for well before 9/11…and then there is always your service provider spying on you too. They monitor your phone calls and your internet company monitors your internet usage. So if you want to have secure communications then don’t do it electronically. At this point in time, there are very few ways to communicate that are not open to compromise from bad actors, big tech, or governments. The only way really to avoid it is to speak in person in a specially designed room surrounded by a faraday cage, free of any electronics or metal and insulated for sound proofing very well. Or maybe in a cave deep underground in the middle of nowhere. The tech has destroyed privacy. The best protection is to not have anything someone else might want to get from you. If you have little to offer as a target, then it’s likely not going to be worth the time and effort and money it takes for these bad actors to compromise you. And if you’re not doing anything illegal, the government generally won’t go after you either. So, bottom line is anything you say (spoken, written or digitally) can be used against you. So with freedom comes responsibility and consequences. Privacy is not legally as black and white as some YouTubers and journalists might want you to believe. You have to read the fine print in everything and if you don’t want to read it, don’t expect privacy. Assume anything you say is being monitored and act accordingly. Limit your footprint 👣 by not having a large presence online. Even if you go live in the mountains without electricity and far away from people, governments and businesses can find you and have ways to monitor your activity and conversations. The key to maintaining privacy is to not draw attention to yourself and don’t make yourself a big target. Don’t show (whether there is or not) that you have anything a bad actor might benefit from. The cyber security industry exists pretty much as a way to pay all the black hats who research the exploits and develop the methods used to access your information. Additionally this video suggests that using an email server which exists overseas will save you from having the NSA (and by implication the CIA) monitor your email. Nothing could be further from the truth. The NSA and CIA are essentially only interested in foreign communications. So it actually makes you less secure. Not to mention they share intelligence with other countries, oh and the laws of the country which has your server may not be as strict as US laws. That means a foreign server might actually be more vulnerable by government agencies or other bad actors. If you’re worried about privacy in communications then don’t use electronic communications at all.

  39. Artcore says:

    Have you thought, however, that emails and location history can also be presented as evidence of innocence in some cases?

  40. Casper says:

    Terrifying. I managed to more or less stop using Google, But now they own youtube, And that is hareder to skip. Sure, there are alternatives to youtube, But they are not as good.(yet)

  41. Pniko says:

    To be fair the employee at Microsoft was giving out at that time secret information. In no way was such an act ok. Really only reason you would do this is if it’s a American rights violating act or policy that will cause harm to people. I do however disagree that non investigation cases that any of the mail is actively read by companies. Now I’m a case of AI screening for say terrorist subjects it’s a gray area. As long as nobody sees any of those emails unless that one email is flagged for questioning. I’m not say one is flagged thus allowing full five into all email. Clear lines must be drawn, however if your up to no good releasing secret company products data or otherwise not your to pass around. At this pint your breaking the law.

  42. Avec Moi says:

    Overall Internet has done more harm than good. That includes espionage.

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