Earlier this week, Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged about need for the U.S. Government to address important privacy issues and others it has created. One year back, it was revealed that the US government did  surveillance of phone and Internet records, sometimes in partnership with others without any proper government orders. There were reports that the US government even hacked in to data centers of various companies to access data illegally as under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, users have a right to keep their email communications private.  Microsoft wants the following five things the U.S. government still needs to do: Recognize that U.S. search warrants end at U.S. borders: We’re concerned about governmental attempts to use search warrants to force companies to turn over the contents of non-U.S. customer communications that are stored exclusively outside the United States. The U.S. government ...

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, a decade old OS back in April. Since lots of Chinese Government computers still use Windows XP, they are exposed to security attacks. Last month, Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban is due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news claimed that it was due to security concerns. There were also reports that Microsoft supporting NSA for spying Chinese computers running Windows XP, etc,. Microsoft has posted the following information on its official Weibo account to clarify on this matter, Microsoft has never assisted any government in an attack of another government or clients. Microsoft has never provided any government the authority to directly visit our products or services. Microsoft has never provided any so-called “Backdoor” into its products or services. ...

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Have you ever had a bad dream of someone eavesdropping your private conversations through your browser? Yes, it may happen to be true if you are a victim of a Google Chrome bug. By taking advantage of this bug in Google Chrome, malicious sites can activate your mic on your device, and listen in on anything said around your device, even after you’ve closed those sites. Yes, Google was made aware of this bug and they have not fixed it yet. Here is how it works, A user visits a site, that uses speech recognition to offer some cool new functionality. The site asks the user for permission to use his mic, the user accepts, and can now control the site with his voice. Chrome shows a clear indication in the browser that speech recognition is on, and once the user turns it off, or leaves that site, Chrome stops listening. So ...

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  Lots of information regarding NSA and its PRISM project got leaked last year raising voices from MNCs and general public. US government remained largely silent with concerned agencies making their statements. Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important changes to the surveillance practices of the U.S. government. Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft yesterday blogged that Microsoft is not fully satisfied with the reforms Mr. President announced last week. Even though Microsoft agrees that those changes will makeU.S. citizens, Microsoft believes that there is more work to do to define some of the details and additional steps that are needed. Microsoft will continue to work with both the administration and Congress to advocate for reforms consistent with the principles technology industry outlined in December. This week, the World Economic Forum holds its annual meeting ...

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