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Microsoft says it has written to the US Attorney General to ask for more freedom to disclose how it handles requests for customer data from national security organisations.
The appeal comes a week after the Guardian newspaper reported that Microsoft allowed US security agencies to circumvent encryption of Outlook s and capture Skype online chats, citing leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden. The world's largest software company said there were "ificant inaccuracies" in the media reports last week and asserted it does not allow any government direct or unfettered access to customers' s, instant messages or data.
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder made public on Tuesday, company lawyer Brad Smith asked Holder to take action personally to permit Microsoft to reveal more about how many security requests it receives and how it handles them. He said government lawyers have not responded to a court motion made in mid-June asking for permission to publish the volume of requests it has received.
So far, the US government has restricted what companies can say under about the requests under the highly secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Last month, it allowed the disclosure of aggregate s of requests for customer data, but not the breakdown of the split between surveillance and crime-related requests. Microsoft and Google, along with Apple, Facebook and other US tech leaders are scrambling to assert their independence after documents leaked to the Guardian suggested they gave the US government "direct access" to customer s as part of a National Security Agency NSA program called Prism.
The Guardian went further in detailing Microsoft's collusion with the NSA last week, citing new top-secret documents it said were leaked by Snowden, the original source of the Prism reports. Microsoft did not directly mention the latest Guardian report, but contradicted its central claims. Now Microsoft wants to reveal NSA requests.Wife wants nsa Outlook
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