One topic has been on the top of most discussions I had during the last months – the “NSA/PRISM” data leakages. While some of the points were already known previously and were for example part of Microsoft’s transparency report there were points that were worrysome. Here especially tje recent allegations in the press on a broader and concerted effort by some governments to circumvent online security measures to collect private customer data.
As a result of these concerns were many discussions that I had over the last months where confidence in the security and privacy of online communication was questioned. As a result of these allegations Microsoft decided to take immediate and coordinated action and Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive VP Legal and Corporate Affairs sketched out in a blog post on Microsofts actions for better protecting customer data from government snooping.
The actions are concentrating on three areas:
· We are expanding encryption across our services.
· We are reinforcing legal protections for our customers’ data.
· We are enhancing the transparency of our software code, making it easier for customers to reassure themselves that our products do not contain back doors.
Please see the original blog post from Brad Smith for more information. From a European perspective it is especially interesting to know that we will open a transparency Center in Europe so that governments have appropriate ability to review Microsoft source code, reassure themselves of ist integrity and confirm there are no back doors.
We are receiving currently increased feedback from Microsoft customers about calls they receive from - supposedly - Microsoft support. The callers claims to be a Microsoft representative or working for a Microsoft partner. The usual call goes about the following:
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