(Fox News) Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer said she feared winding up in prison for treason if she refused to comply with U.S. spy demands for data.

Her comments came after being asked what she is doing to protect Yahoo users from “tyrannical government” during an on-stage interview Wednesday afternoon at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.

Mayer said Yahoo scrutinizes and fights U.S. government data requests stamped with the authority of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but when the company loses battles it must do as directed or risk being branded a traitor.

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