Microsoft Corp pledged late Wednesday to fight in court against any attempt by U.S. intelligence agencies to seize its foreign customers' data under American surveillance laws, one of a series of steps aimed at reassuring nervous users abroad
This official statement came as a result of carefully worded statements on Tuesday of Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president, who wrote in a blog post that 'snooping potentially now constitutes an 'advanced persistent threat' to online privacy and security 'alongside sophisticated malware and cyber-attacks.'
This statement released by Brad Smith has been termed harsh and strong with specific intent to classify the NSA intrusion into Microsoft client data the same as cyber-attacks, malware and Chinese spying.
Smith cited concern over 'recent allegations in the press of a broader and concerted effort by some governments to circumvent online security measures — and in our view, legal processes and protections — in order to surreptitiously collect private customer data'.
Despite prior generous cooperation from Microsoft with the government it is now necessary to protect its corporate privacy for its clients and leave no suspicion that it allowed the NSA unlimited access to files.
Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has given advance warning in the past to U.S. intelligence agencies about bugs in its software before it fixes them, so that those agencies can exploit those vulnerabilities in Microsoft software sold to foreign governments.
Now the open working relationship has become one of placing boundaries upon the government by Microsoft. The government has not been able to assure Microsoft and other tech companies of security and privacy for the clients.
After the Oct. 30 Washington Post report, Microsoft posted new security measures, tech leaders Twitter, Yahoo and Facebook have announced plans to follow for new encryption methods.
It is a new game for the NSA and how they proceed is now under surveillance from the tech companies.