Microsoft Software Leak Inquiry Raises Privacy Issues

Technology companies have spent months denying they know anything about broad government spying on people who use their Internet services.But a legal case filed this week against a former Microsoft employee shows the power these companies themselves have to snoop on their customers whenever they want to.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/technology/microsofts-software-leak-case-raises-privacy-issues.htmlAlso see:Microsoft tightens privacy policy after admitting to reading journalist’s emails
Microsoft has tightened up its privacy policy after admitting to reading emails from a journalist’s Hotmail account while tracking down a leak.The new rules prevent the company from snooping on customers’ communications without first convincing two legal teams, independent of the internal investigation, that they have evidence sufficient to obtain a court order were one applicable.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/21/microsoft-tightens-privacy-policy-journalists-emails

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