It recently came to light that Microsoft accessed an email account belonging to a blogger when they found out that he had received source code of company products and other trade secrets.
They had to take these steps in order to stop their intellectual property from leaking out.
But now, it seems, that the company is taking some even more steps — Microsoft has announced that it will no longer access any information on company owned services from now on, and instead will turn the information over to the police.
The fact that the software titan accessed the account without a warrant caused quite a stir, and as Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft puts it:
“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.”
This new policy, as noted above, is in effect from now on.
Ultimately, this is a move that will please privacy advocates and people that were critical of the way Microsoft approached this particular incident. The technology titan has also updated its terms of services of Outlook.com to reflect this new change.