Microsoft “Snooping”?

Privacy will forever something be debated. I have posted on our privacy before in regard to the NSA, and I have shared my views on the debate. I’m one of those, “I have nothing to hide, you can look through all of my things” kind of person, but so many people are not that way.

Now, Microsoft is getting accusing of “snooping”. A Microsoft employee was recently arrested for “stealing and leaking unreleased Windows code”, information that he also shared with a blogger. In response to this employee sharing information, Microsoft apparently went then went through this blogger’s email. Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith responded by saying:

“Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required.”

He also said, “We’re advocated that governments should rely on formal legal processes and the rule of law for surveillance activities. While our own search was clearly within our legal rights, it seems apparent that we should apply a similar principle and rely on formal legal processes for our own investigations involving people who we suspect are stealing from us.”

This is a prime example of whether the “snooping” was an invasion of someone’s privacy, or if Microsoft had the right to check the blogger’s email. Their information was shared with someone that should have never been shared, and they must protect all of their codes when it comes to their company. While on the other hand, they probably should have taken different actions and figured out a more legal approach. What do you guys think? Did Microsoft have the right to check this person’s email?



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