Microsoft is staying committed to a promise made by their chief counsel Brad Smith a few months ago. Smith said the company would fight legal demands from U.S. authorities to turn over data stored in Microsoft computing hubs outside the country. The promise was made after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents that claimed Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others were complicit in helping the U.S. government spy on its citizens. Brad Smith today posted on WSJ that Microsoft will oppose the U.S. government at a hearing in federal court tomorrow in New York, arguing that it can’t force American tech companies to turn over customer emails stored exclusively in company data centers in other countries. Microsoft believes you own emails stored in the cloud, and that they have the same privacy protection as paper letters sent by mail. This means, in our view, that the U.S. government can obtain emails only subject to ...

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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 ...

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Yesterday, an ex-Microsoft employee was arrested for leaking trade secrets and internal Windows related software builds to a blogger. Court documents revealed that Microsoft snooped into Outlook/Hotmail accounts of the blog to crack down this case. Some news sites accused Microsoft for snooping customer’s (in this case blogger’s) email account. Their main argument was that while Microsoft has skewered rival Google for going through customer emails to deliver ads, it has now done the same. That’s a lame argument given the fact that this is a criminal case involving damages to Microsoft’s own properties. Microsoft responded initially with the following statement saying that Microsoft’s terms of service make clear our permission for this type of review, this happens only in the most exceptional circumstances. During an investigation of an employee we discovered evidence that the employee was providing stolen IP, including code relating to our activation process, to a third ...

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There were reports in the past that National Security Agency(NSA) may have broken into its global communications links of leading Internet companies including Microsoft. According to the latest report from Washington Post, Microsoft is well aware of this issue and has planned for a high profile meeting within the company to discuss about their plans to prevent possible NSA snooping. Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith recently said that they are focused on engineering improvements that will further strengthen security, including strengthening security against snooping by governments. Washington Post also reported that Microsoft is engaged in a series of high-level meetings to pursue encryption initiatives “across the full range of consumer and business services.” key decisions will be made at a meeting of top executives this week in Redmond. NSA released the following statement in response to questions about Microsoft, “NSA’s focus is on targeting the communications of valid foreign intelligence ...

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