Without a word from the U.S. Attorney General, Microsoft gets desperate. To Attorney General: "If we do receive approval to share more information, we’ll publish it immediately."
Microsoft revealed today that it is asking the Attorney General of the United States to allow the company to publicly share information regarding how it handles national security requests for customer information. Microsoft's Executive Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs, Brad Smith, says that the U.S. government is preventing them from sharing information to the public in spite of the fact that the U.S. Constitution exhorts the freedom to do so.
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Citing one example, Smith says that government lawyers did not respond to Microsoft's previous request which was filed on the 19th of June. "We hope the Attorney General can step in to change this situation," he said.
Furthermore, the Redmond-based technology mogul emphasized that the media has misinterpreted information about the leaked government documents. Given the situation, Microsoft says that its services, including Outlook.com, SkyDrive, and Skype, do not provide user information to the government. However, the company admits that it is sometimes obliged to comply with "lawful demands."
"When we receive such a demand, we review it and, if obligated to we comply. We do not provide any government with the technical capability to access user content directly or by itself. Instead, governments must continue to rely on legal process to seek from us specified information about identified accounts," Microsoft said in a statement.
Microsoft warns that if the Attorney General will not respond to the request, it will immediately publish the said information to the public.
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