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Microsoft said it will go to court before turning over data on foreign customers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Microsoft made it clear that it will do all it can to protect the data of foreign customers against U.S. intelligence agencies. 
According to Microsoft, it will go to court before turning over data on foreign customers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). 
"We are committing contractually to not turning it over without litigating that issue," said Brad Smith of Microsoft's General Counsel.
In addition to fighting any NSA attempts to seize its foreign customers' data, Microsoft has a few other plans to keep data secure. For starters, it will increase the amount of encryption it uses for internal traffic. It said it would use best-in-class industry cryptography to protect major communications, productivity and developer services such as, Office 365, SkyDrive and Windows Azure. It plans to use Perfect Forward Secrecy and 2048-bit key lengths. 
Microsoft said it would also fight any order to install spyware on a user's machine in court.

Furthermore, the tech giant will encrypt consumer data that it stores. It will also work with other email providers to make sure that messages stay secure when moving from service to service (say, Outlook to Gmail). 
Finally, Microsoft will expand the use of regional centers that allow governments to inspect the source code if they're worried about the software being penetrated. 
To ease the minds of customers abroad, Microsoft promised to stay transparent. 
"Just as we’ve called for governments to become more transparent about these issues, we believe it’s appropriate for us to be more transparent ourselves," said Smith. "We’re therefore taking additional steps to increase transparency by building on our long-standing program that provides government customers with an appropriate ability to review our source code, reassure themselves of its integrity, and confirm there are no back doors. We will open a network of transparency centers that will provide these customers with even greater ability to assure themselves of the integrity of Microsoft’s products. We’ll open these centers in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and we’ll further expand the range of products included in these programs."
Microsoft said all of this would be in place by the end of 2014 while a lot of it is effective immediately. 

Source: The Official Microsoft Blog

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By JasonMick on 12/5/2013 6:28:10 PM , Rating: 4
U.S. federal gov't ˜ cybercriminals

... 'nuff said.

Although I suppose:

U.S. federal gov't ˜ criminals

...might be more apt, given that both parties' relentless mutual assault on the U.S. Constitution is surely not confined to the digital era. But the former equality gives a fair summary of how U.S. tech firms must approach our glorious government, which has basically become the world's most well-funded cybercriminal/stalker.

Note the approximate sign as I wouldn't want to throw the few good men/women in Congress (e.g. Ron Wyden, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Gary Udall, etc.) under the bus. But the problem is they're outnumbered at least 9 to 1 by special interest shills behaving in a criminal fashion.

RE: Summary
By Flunk on 12/6/2013 9:01:31 AM , Rating: 2
What you guys really need is a 3rd political party. Maybe a moderate one, or a liberal one. The far right and center right one you have now aren't working out so well.

RE: Summary
By coburn_c on 12/6/2013 9:30:39 AM , Rating: 1
..that would steal votes from the moderate party and ensure conservative control forever?

RE: Summary
By rountad on 12/6/2013 10:26:47 AM , Rating: 5
I really don't get why people think that the far right and far left are both represented well in our government.

Right: less government, less regulation, less spending, and what government there is is more decentralized
Left: more government, more regulation, more spending and more centralized government

We certainly have far left types everywhere. Look at Obamacare, limited drink sizes in NYC, trillion dollar yearly deficits for some examples of their work.

Who is really trying to shrink the size of government now? Reagan worked at that years ago, but the debate today, when it even occurs, revolves around 0.5% cuts in discretionary spending.

The differences between the Republicans and Democrats are just priorities and the rate at which they will increase spending.

What we need is a second political party.

RE: Summary
By Jeffk464 on 12/6/2013 1:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
Both parties are owned by big money so now they can only focus on social issues to differentiate themselves. I don't think there is much difference at all.

RE: Summary
By Jeffk464 on 12/6/2013 1:59:24 PM , Rating: 2
Oh come on NYC is just one nut case mayor.

RE: Summary
By Argon18 on 12/6/2013 10:40:05 AM , Rating: 1
Far right and center right? LMAO. The Obama administration is about as extreme liberal as you can get. Obama is a nasty vulgar flesh bag.

RE: Summary
By thurston2 on 12/6/2013 3:54:49 PM , Rating: 3
Speaking as a liberal, Obama is not a liberal. Just because right wing radio says he is doesn't really make it true.

For the Crypto Nerds....
By homebredcorgi on 12/6/2013 12:14:54 AM , Rating: 2
Can anyone explain why companies like Google or Microsoft can't make something like PGP encryption for email more streamlined?

Why can't we have a PGP public key associated with a gmail or outlook account? So when I email someone that also has one, it will utilize their public key and my private key (stored locally, not on the company servers). In other words, why do we leave the encryption on the server-side instead of making everything encrypted on the client-side? That way even if Microsoft gave the NSA your log-in info, they still wouldn't have your private key to decrypt anything.

Is it too complicated? Do we just not trust people to protect their private keys adequately?

By HoosierEngineer5 on 12/6/2013 8:28:20 AM , Rating: 2
They, too, want to poke through your emails and see what you are up to. Perhaps they might sell you a gizwidget.

RE: For the Crypto Nerds....
By Piiman on 12/7/2013 12:43:44 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just do it yourself?

By Aberforth on 12/5/2013 10:41:08 PM , Rating: 3
Unless they implement open-source encryption with user defined keys along with client-side decryption no one will buy their story. Whats the use of encryption when all the private keys are stolen by nsa or other perverts.

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