Yahoo doesn't deny email scanning, calls story 'misleading'

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  • FILE - This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. According to a Reuters report published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, Yahoo reportedly scanned hundreds of millions of email accounts at the behest of U.S. intelligence or law enforcement. The scans reportedly selected messages that contained a string of unknown characters. Yahoo did not deny the report, saying only that it is a "law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    FILE - This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. According to a Reuters report published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, Yahoo reportedly scanned hundreds of millions of email accounts at the behest of U.S. intelligence or ... law enforcement. The scans reportedly selected messages that contained a string of unknown characters. Yahoo did not deny the report, saying only that it is a "law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, photo, flowers bloom in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo responded again on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, to a report that it scanned incoming email to hundreds of millions of accounts for the U.S government. In a carefully worded statement that stops short of a denial, the company said a Tuesday Reuters report is “misleading,” saying that “the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, photo, flowers bloom in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo responded again on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, to a report that it scanned incoming email to hundreds of millions of ... accounts for the U.S government. In a carefully worded statement that stops short of a denial, the company said a Tuesday Reuters report is “misleading,” saying that “the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, photo, flowers bloom in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo responded again on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, to a report that it scanned incoming email to hundreds of millions of accounts for the U.S government. In a carefully worded statement that stops short of a denial, the company said a Tuesday Reuters report is “misleading,” saying that “the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, photo, flowers bloom in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo responded again on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, to a report that it scanned incoming email to hundreds of millions of ... accounts for the U.S government. In a carefully worded statement that stops short of a denial, the company said a Tuesday Reuters report is “misleading,” saying that “the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

Yahoo responded again Wednesday to a report that it scanned incoming email to hundreds of millions of accounts for the U.S. government.

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In a carefully worded statement that stops short of a denial, the company said a Tuesday Reuters report is "misleading," saying that "the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."

Reuters reported that Yahoo built custom software for the scans. Yahoo's latest statement does not say whether it has conducted such email scans in the past, or whether that software might exist outside its systems.

On Tuesday, Yahoo said only that it complies with U.S. law. On Wednesday, it said it interprets every government request for data "narrowly" to "minimize disclosure."

Yahoo is currently selling its online operations to Verizon for $4.8 billion.