Microsoft will no longer look in mailboxes in software theft




Microsoft will no longer own the private data of users search when they are investigating the theft of digital or physical property of the company. Instead, they go in future if necessary bring the police informed.

The company recently came to lie because it is a Hotmail account of a French blogger who spread the company’s software had searched for evidence relating to the robbery under fire. The evidence was found and subsequently is a former Microsoft employee arrested . When that came out, Microsoft was criticized on the conduct, which the company policy adapted.

Only if circumstances arose where a hypothetical court order would be justified, the company would take a look in the mailbox of a user, so was the new policy. An actual court order is not possible in these situations: a company can not be compelled by a court to look in our own data. Now that policy so tightened further and look Microsoft under any circumstances for the contents of their private user data. That leaves the company in their own words to the authorities.

Brad Smith of the legal department of Microsoft announces the policy change. He states that “after reflection and internal calls and contacts with stakeholders and experts’ decided to implement. Policy change Immediately the policy of the company is changed, and in the coming months, the adjustment can also be found in the User Agreement for Microsoft Services. When competing Google is technically still allowed for the company to search. Data users However, Walker, Kent is one of Google’s lawyers, states across Wired that this has to date never happened, and moreover, “is hard to imagine that it would be justified in a situation.”


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