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Microsoft Helped NSA Siphon Hotmail, Skype User Data
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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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7/13/2013 | 3:18:21 PM
re: Microsoft Helped NSA Siphon Hotmail, Skype User Data
Microsoft should have resisted the court orders if they indeed consider privacy that important. They may not have won the fight in the end, but it surely would have been become public and Microsoft has pockets deep enough to take on the government. But in the end more profit was to be made by aiding illegal spy programs than stand on moral ground. At least Goggle tells you that anything you give them will be turned into cash.
anon2505770614
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8/31/2013 | 4:15:20 AM
re: Microsoft Helped NSA Siphon Hotmail, Skype User Data
At best they could have done what others more recently have done and shut off the service. They couldn't say why, due to the nature of FISA orders, but they could have chosen to state something like "Due to government regulations we may no longer offer you a secure communications platform."
Cara Latham
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7/15/2013 | 12:27:10 PM
re: Microsoft Helped NSA Siphon Hotmail, Skype User Data
As the article mentions, I'm not sure anyone at Microsoft could have done anything more to protect user's privacy. It seems to me users should be pushing for transparency of the government's, specifically the NSA's, actions to force Microsoft and other companies to comply. Something tells me the extent to which the government is seeking access to user data is greater than the actual need of the data for security purposes.


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