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Microsoft tweaks privacy policies after email spying backlash

Ian Paul | March 24, 2014
Outlook.com email should be private, Microsoft said in a recent blog post that then went on to explain why it violated that belief in privacy for at least one user.

Kudos to Microsoft for addressing this issue so promptly after it came to light. But what's really needed for future cases is not a more rigorous internal process from Microsoft.

Instead, a comprehensive overhaul of laws protecting online privacy are in order. That way, the next time Microsoft does need to sift through a user's Outlook.com account to search for wrongdoing, obtaining a court order would not seem ridiculous — but instead be standard procedure.

 

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