New Documents Leak Reveals The Discussion Between Microsoft And The Government On PRISM Data

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Guardian last year reported that Microsoft handed the NSA access to unencrypted Skype and Outlook.com messages. It said that Microsoft collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users communications to be intercepted. Microsoft responded to the allegations saying that they comply with US laws.

The following was the response from Microsoft regarding Outlook.com messages data,

First, while we did discuss legal compliance requirements with the government as reported last week, in none of these discussions did Microsoft provide or agree to provide any government with direct access to user content or the ability to break our encryption. Second, these discussions were instead about how Microsoft would meet its continuing obligation to comply with the law by providing specific information in response to lawful government orders.

Today, Greenwald via his new books has revealed the documents which shows the discussion Microsoft and the US government had regarding PRISM program. It shows that Microsoft is giving access to Outlook.com, OneDrive and Skype as part of this program, but Microsoft’s argument here is that they will provide access to data only on legal requests.

Read more from the link below.

via: Techcrunch Source: Greenwald



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  • koenshaku

    Say it ain’t so…… Wait they already said that but I can’t believe them anymore..

  • pirate78

    I don’t know…this is not that different from every other company that complied (or court ordered into) working with the government. It’s not like Google or Apple or Microsoft etc. had a choice in the matter. They had to develop a way to transfer the data securely. Yes it is terrible, but at least they are securing the data they “HAVE TO” hand off (please read the part where its says that this was a “requirement”). Would anyone prefer the government built a “secure” way of doing it by themselves? They are not very good at that kind of thing.

    With that said, I am glad these documents are becoming public. The more people know the more accountable the government and big companies will have to be.