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March 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Microsoft: From now on, we won’t snoop into your email even if we think you’re stealing from us

Microsoft took a lot of criticism last week after it was revealed that the company looked at the email content of one of its customers in the course of tracking down someone suspected of stealing trade secrets from the company.

Now Microsoft is changing its policy, saying that, in such circumstances, it will call in law enforcement to inspect a customer’s content, rather than doing so itself.

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March 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Microsoft says its terms of service allowed it to look at blogger’s Hotmail content in suspected leaker case

When charges were filed Wednesday against a former Microsoft employee suspected of leaking trade secrets to a blogger, the complaint filed in the case also disclosed that Microsoft looked at the content of the blogger’s Hotmail emails in order to find the identity of that former employee.

That raised privacy concerns over when and why Microsoft would be able to look at content from users of its services, and what legal process the company followed in this case.

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