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 portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, 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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RE[2]: Force is indeed the keyword
by Nelson on Fri 12th Jul 2013 11:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Force is indeed the keyword"
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I think this is true in general, we don't know much of anything. There are little to no concrete details coming out with all this. Some vaguely worded powerpoints, unverified reports of unreleased information, etc.

The story seems to be much more nuanced than this, so I'm going to withhold judgment in hopes a proper story comes out.

It could be that MSFT and others willingly went along, or it can be that the Govt exerted tremendous legal pressure. Or anything in between that. Who knows.

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