Report: Microsoft allowed NSA to bypass encryption for access

Report: Microsoft allowed NSA to bypass encryption for access

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Report: Microsoft allowed NSA to bypass encryption for access

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by TAYLOR SOPER / GeekWire

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Posted on July 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 3:57 PM

Throughout the year, Microsoft has lambasted Google and accused them of shady privacy policies via its “Scroogled” campaign.

But now, new top-secret documents given to The Guardian by Edward Snowden shows how it was actually Microsoft allowing the NSA and FBI access to user data from platforms like Outlook, SkyDrive and Skype.

Microsoft and other tech giants have denied their involvement in a government program called PRISM that allegedly gave the U.S. government broad access to nine tech company servers for purposes of U.S. intelligence gathering.

But this new report from The Guardian shows that Microsoft not only provided user information to the U.S. government, but collaborated with them to allow access around encryption.

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