Microsoft today responded to some of the recent reports which claimed that Microsoft provides access to customer data to governments. Microsoft was forced to do so because many media outlets started covering about these reports which has no truth. Brad Smith who is the General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged in detail about the claims made by recent reports. In short, Microsoft does not provide any government with the technical capability to access user content directly or by itself. In short, when governments seek information from Microsoft relating to customers, we strive to be principled, limited in what we disclose, and committed to transparency. Put together, all of this adds up to the following across all of our software and services: Microsoft does not provide any government with direct and unfettered access to our customer’s data. Microsoft only pulls and then provides the specific data mandated by ...

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The National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document by the Washington Post.  The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” Dropbox, the cloud storage and synchronization service, is described as “coming soon.”  PRISM recruited its first partner, Microsoft, and began six years of rapidly growing collection beneath the surface of a roiling national debate on surveillance and privacy, according to the Post. There has been “continued exponential growth in tasking to Facebook ...

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