Keep fighting to preserve that trust Marissa . . .
"I want to reiterate what we have said in the past: Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency. Ever."
The first response is, of course, that that is not really what people are asking. What does "access to our data centers" mean anyway? What people want to know is if you have given the government access to our data - in whatever fashion.
The second response is best delivered as a question: if the NSA (or "other government agency") came to you with an NSL demanding "access to <your> data centers", and preventing you from speaking about it, what would you say if asked the direct question of if you have given the government access to your data centers? Would you tell people the truth or would you lie to them?
I really do feel for these companies as they are in a horrible position but the simple fact remains that so long as they can (legally) be compelled to lie to their customers and the public, nothing they say regarding these matters can be trusted.
With that in mind, statements like: "There is nothing more important to us than protecting our users’ privacy" are really a slap in the face as there quite clearly is something more important than protecting their users' privacy, and that is the continuation and profitability of their business.
I don't blame them for that stance, but I do very much resent them pretending that that is not the case.
I forgive them the lies they are forced to tell to remain inside the law; I do not forgive them the lies they choose to tell in an attempt to make themselves look good.