Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 21:35 UTC
Microsoft Documents released by Snowden show the extent to which Microsoft helped the NSA and other security agencies in the US. "Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail; The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide; [...] Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio; Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a 'team sport'." Wow. Just wow.
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Force is indeed the keyword
by Berend de Boer on Thu 11th Jul 2013 23:34 UTC
Berend de Boer
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The commentators here are spot on. The US holds a gun against Microsoft's head and tells them: jump.

Anyone jumps in that case. The only question is: how high do you want me to jump.

The public was sold that there were mechanisms in place to prevent abuse: i.e. court orders needed.

But what do we find out? We have secret courts, so secret that its rulings are secret too. We have law interpretations so secret, we cannot be told. The IRD is pursuing political enemies after Obama mentioned this as strategy. Millions of Americans have sufficient security clearance to read all your email.

Governments cannot be trusted. It's all to keep you safe! And its time the internet routes around obstacles again.

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