Microsoft Denies Giving Access to NSA to Private E-Mails and Skype Video Calls

NSA has become synonymous with controversies and it just does not seem to be going away anytime soon. The latest on target is Microsoft as there have been claims that they have been passing on critical information including Skype Video Chat details and private E-Mails. However, Microsoft has like just about every major tech player has denied passing on any such critical information to NSA. Here is what Microsoft had to say on the issue:


We have clear principles which guide the response across our entire company to government demands for customer information for both law enforcement and national security issues. First, we take our commitments to our customers and to compliance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide customer data only in response to legal processes. Second, our compliance team examines all demands very closely, and we reject them if we believe they aren’t valid. Third, we only ever comply with orders about specific accounts or identifiers, and we would not respond to the kind of blanket orders discussed in the press over the past few weeks, as the volumes documented in our most recent disclosure clearly illustrate.

To be clear, Microsoft does not provide any government with blanket or direct access to SkyDrive,, Skype or any Microsoft product. Finally when we upgrade or update products legal obligations may in some circumstances require that we maintain the ability to provide information in response to a law enforcement or national security request. There are aspects of this debate that we wish we were able to discuss more freely. That’s why we’ve argued for additional transparency that would help everyone understand and debate these important issues.

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Via: the Verge

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