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: But why?
by Morgan on Thu 11th Jul 2013 23:12 UTC in reply to "But why?"
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'But why don't they fight the government on this, and/or make it as hard as possible?' Well, think of it like this... you are running a large tech company, and the government comes to you and says, 'We need information on these people, and we have a court order that says you have to give it to us.' Will you then at that point tell the government to go f themselves, thereby possibly having your company sued into oblivion and perhaps getting yourself arrested in the process? No, probably not.

Not to mention they have a monetary interest in keeping the government as a happy customer. I could imagine a conversation along the lines of "What? You won't give us the data? I suppose we'll have to let our IT managers know they should explore options with Apple. After all, they gave us unfettered access to their documents..." or something like that.

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