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Microsoft Challenged FBI And Won
2014-05-23 08:22:17

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Software giant Microsoft could be singing the tune that it fought the law and IT won. On Thursday Microsoft disclosed that last year it had claimed victory over the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) after the Feds had secretly requested data about a business customer. Microsoft apparently refused and the government backed down, but only after the FBI was able to gather the data it sought without Microsoft's help. Newly...

Microsoft Taking Measures To Protect Customers From Gov't Snooping
2013-12-05 13:28:02

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Microsoft said it would take measures to increase the security of customer data, among other moves, to protect against the "advanced persistent threat" of government snooping. The three-pronged approach includes expanding encryption, reinforcing legal protections and increasing transparency to provide assurances to customers. In a post on Microsoft's TechNet blog, the company's general counsel and executive vice president of legal and...

Microsoft Asks Dept Of Justice Attorney General For PRISM Transparency
2013-07-17 14:12:16

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Days after the revelation that Microsoft provided access of encrypted data to the government under the NSA's PRISM campaign, the Redmond, Washington-based software giant has sent a letter directly to US attorney general Eric Holder asking him to allow the company to share information with its users. Microsoft wants to share information with its users about the way it handles national security requests for customer data. It came out last...

Microsoft Publishes It's Entire Patent Portfolio To Dissuade Infringement
2013-03-29 12:20:32

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Microsoft is approaching the patent litigation game with a bit of tact, giving any potential infringers the benefit of the doubt. As a way to avoid any further patent battles and further protect their intellectual property (IP), Microsoft has published each of their 40,785 patents online, a move the company hopes others will follow. This way, anyone who might want to use a patent can discover which IP the Redmond,...

Microsoft Releases 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report
2013-03-22 06:16:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Microsoft revealed on Thursday that it had it received 75,378 law enforcement requests for customer data worldwide in 2012, but only disclosed customer content in just two percent of those cases. The disclosure marks the first time Microsoft has publicly released figures about the subject, and follows similar transparency reports from Google, Twitter and other Web businesses. "We've benefited from the opportunity to learn from...

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2011-03-31 10:45:00

A formal complaint directed at Google Inc. was filed by Microsoft Corp to the EU antitrust regulators. Microsoft claims that Google systematically sought to control Internet search competition. "Our filing today focuses on a pattern of actions that Google has taken to entrench its dominance in the markets for online search and search advertising to the detriment of European consumers," Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith details in a blog post. The complaint specifically calls out five...

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2010-09-14 06:35:00

Software firm Microsoft on Monday said it was concerned over a report that anti-software piracy laws were being used to suppress dissent in Russia and announced measures it would take to try to put an end to the practice. Microsoft's statement came after a report in The New York Times that the Russian government had used piracy charges concerning Microsoft software to confiscate computers and persecute non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Microsoft senior vice president and general...

2010-01-20 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft Corp., urged both Congress and the information technology industry to act now to ensure that the burgeoning era of cloud computing is guided by an international commitment to privacy, security and transparency for consumers, businesses and government. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO) During a keynote speech to the Brookings Institution...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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