Microsoft: ‘We Don’t Provide Governments with Direct, Unfettered Access to Your Data’

A Microsoft today pushed back once again against the idea that it’s giving the National Security Agency (NSA) carte blanche access to its cloud-based services, an allegation that’s cropped up in media reports since the revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began last June.”We don’t provide governments with direct, unfettered access to your data,” said Adrienne Hall, general manager for trustworthy computing at Microsoft, the division that reviews and oversees security across Microsoft products and services. Speaking in a keynote address at the Cloud Security Alliance Congress, Hall sought to refute the notion that Microsoft does other than what it must under U.S. law when it gets a specific legal request related to customer data.

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