Report: VPN Logs Led To Yahoo Telecommute Ban

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Vice president of consumer products for Google Marissa Mayer speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Dinner New York City. Courtesy Getty Images.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end the struggling company's work-from-home policy continues to resonate across the business world, most recently with Best Buy's move to cut back on telecommuting.

Now, details have surfaced that might explain why Mayer chose to call all Yahoos back to the company's Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters.

According to Business Insider, which cites one anonymous source, Mayer checked the logs of Yahoo's Virtual Private Network -- a system many businesses use to allow secure entry into their digital network -- to find out how often remote employees checked in.

The report says Mayer made the move to ban telecommuting after learning Yahoo telecommuters didn't log in often enough. All Things D also reported Mayer's VPN checks.

Although the decision is generating plenty of debate on whether it's the right move for Yahoo, several ex-employees applauded the move in a separate Business Insider report.

"There's a ton of abuse of that at Yahoo," an unnamed, former Yahoo engineer tells the site. "Something specific to the company."

Written By: Brett Molina, USA TODAY

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