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Microsoft to strengthen encryption, users to be notified of requests for user data

Microsoft has assured worldwide business and government users that it would cooperate in the legal requests of orders related to their data and is in a position to fight any ‘gag order’ which would prevent notifying such information to customers.

The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest


The company has also planned to strengthen encryption of users information in data centers and hopes to compete the project by 2014.

There has been a rising concern about government surveillance worldwide especially after the revelations of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who had revealed about the agency’s  surveillance of email, phone records, location and data of people in US and around the world. A software and Internet services company in Washington, The Redmond has been responding to the concerns regarding government surveillance.

A report has mentioned that the NSA has been snooping into communication links between Google’s and Yahoo’s data centers. Google and Yahoo have also announced that they are in the process of strengthening encryption. Last month, Yahoo stated that it would encrypt the information moving between its data centers by next year. The company had also earlier announced SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) with 2048-bit will be available in its network by Jan 8.

Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel and executive has stated in a Blog post on Wednesday that the company had also the same view regarding the concerns of the customers.

“That’s why we are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than brute force to access customer data,” he added.

Microsoft has also planned to initiate new steps of legally protecting users data and would commit itself to notify government and business customers in case it receives legal requests for data.


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