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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Janet I. Tu.

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May 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Microsoft gets high marks for protecting customers’ data from government requests

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization in the forefront of fighting for digital civil rights, issues an annual “Who Has Your Back” report on tech companies’ privacy policies.

In its latest report, it ranked Microsoft among the top companies in protecting customers’ data from government requests.

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April 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Brad Smith, Rep. Suzan DelBene, and ACLU rep discuss NSA and privacy

Reining in the National Security Agency, keeping laws and civil rights protections up to date with the digital era, and the tension between national security and personal privacy were among the topics of a panel discussion held this morning at the University of Washington School of Law.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina; Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel; and Gabe Rottman, national office legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, participated in the panel moderated by UW Law Professor William Covington.

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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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