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Microsoft promises to protect users from the threat of government snooping

Government snooping as much of a threat as malware and spyware

Microsoft has promised that they will do what they can to protect their users from the threat of government snooping.

In a new blog post from Microsoft's General Counsel and Executive VP of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Brad Smith he acknowledges that there is an"advanced persistent threat" from government surveillance of the internet.

Smith wrote, “Many of our customers have serious concerns about government surveillance of the internet. We share their concerns. That’s why we are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data. Like many others, we are especially alarmed by recent allegations in the press of a broader and concerted effort by some governments to circumvent online security measures in order to surreptitiously collect private customer data. If true, these efforts threaten to seriously undermine confidence in the security and privacy of online communications. Indeed, government snooping potentially now constitutes an ‘advanced persistent threat’ alongside sophisticated malware and cyber attacks.” Microsoft promises to protect users from the threat of government snooping

“Ultimately,” he continued, “we’re sensitive to the balances that must be struck when it comes to technology, security and the law. We all want to live in a world that is safe and secure, but we also want to live in a country that is protected by the Constitution. We want to ensure that important questions about government access are decided by courts rather than dictated by technological might. And we’re focused on applying new safeguards worldwide, recognising the global nature of these issues and challenges. We believe these new steps strike the right balance, advancing for all of us both the security we need and the privacy we deserve.”

Hopefully this means they won't be doing any snooping of their own with the data that Kinect 2.0 can collect.

Thanks MCV.

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