We already know based on some of their past actions that Microsoft may not be the best company to trust with our data.
Here’s a small summary of some of Microsoft’s offenses, provided by files from Edward Snowden:
- Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages
• Microsoft helped the NSA circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal
- Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch
• The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;
- Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls
• In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;
• a report in The Guardian alleged that Microsoft gave government agencies access to private Skype video and audio calls, perhaps even going so far as to integrate Skype into the NSA’s controversial PRISM surveillance system.
- Company says it is legally compelled to comply
• Skype had assured its users that wiretaps were technically impossible. “Because of Skype’s peer-to-peer architecture and encryption techniques, Skype would not be able to comply with such a request,”
Skype had assured its users that wiretaps were technically impossible the company told CNET in 2008. And four years later, when hackers accused Skype owner Microsoft of changing the service’s backend to facilitate government eavesdropping, the company categorically denied the accusations.
- Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism