Microsoft Fights The NSA With New Privacy Features
When the entire world was worried about the NSA spying on them, Microsoft was one the alleged companies involved in making this happen. It’s this that got people all worried about Kinect on Xbox One being used as a 1984-esque monitoring device.That’s of course completely unfounded but to really prove their point Microsoft has instituted a new set of security protocols for “protecting customer data from government snooping.”
“Many of our customers have serious concerns about government surveillance of the Internet,” writes general council and executive vice president Brad Smith. “We share their concerns. That’s why we are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data.”
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In order to enhance customer security, Microsoft is instituting three features. The company will be enhancing encryption across all services, reinforcing legal protection for customers, and improving transparency to show that Microsoft products do not have back door access.
Among the included products are Outlook.com, Office 365, SkyDrive, and Windows Azure. Xbox Live and Xbox One are not mentioned explicitly, nor is Skype (which is present on the Xbox One).
Don’t expect these changes to be immediate though, Microsoft expects to have all these privacy measures in place by the end of 2014. To ensure greater safety MS is working together with other companies to boost security between services as e-mails often pass through a number of different providers.
After the NSA outcry this is a good move from Microsoft to try and restore trust.