Microsoft Reinforces Encryption And Legal Measures To Thwart NSA Spying - HotHardware
Microsoft Reinforces Encryption And Legal Measures To Thwart NSA Spying

Microsoft Reinforces Encryption And Legal Measures To Thwart NSA Spying

Following news that tech giants Google, Facebook, and Yahoo were taking measures to shore up their encryption and other ways to thwart spying from the likes of the NSA, Microsoft is taking the same bull by the horns.

The company announced that it will be expanding the encryption of its services, “reinforcing legal protections” of user data, and making its software code more transparent to customers. This encryption will cover myriad services including Outlook.com, Office 365, SkyDrive, and Windows Azure, and like the aforementioned tech companies, part of that will be 2048-bit digital key lengths.

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In terms of legal actions, Microsoft will notify business and government users is there’s a legal request for their data, and the company will challenge gag orders in court.

So often, blog posts from companies that talk tech are written by tech people, but it’s noteworthy that this one was penned by a lawyer. The author, Brad Smith, is the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft, which points to the fact that the technological and legal fight against our own government is on in full.
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Glad to see someone's taking steps towards privacy

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Ehhh...all BS. Doesn't matter what level of encryption is employed if Big Brother's got the keys and there's a backdoor built into the software.

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Marco C:
Doesn't matter what level of encryption is employed

I agree,.... they have our pants down around our ankles already.

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We will never get our privacy back end of story.

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Also isn't google a front for the us gov?

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Jebus cripes you guys, so much pessimism. To me, the fact that all these very powerful companies are angry about the spying--and they are, because they're all been undermined, and these are not the sort of people who are used to being told what to do--is actually a reason for a sliver of optimism.

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Apple, et al are great big sleeping bears, and they've all been poked with a very sharp stick.

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I really hope so but so far it hasn't been looking that way.

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