Microsoft to U.S. — Stop your snooping and behave

uh, yeah, thanks MS! now google, and yahoo and ebay and tumblr (nah, they don’t care who’s watching on tumblr, they do not discriminate!), etc. i should probably read his outline though, its probably not neutral enough knowing microsoft, but at least the headline will empower the thought of protecting #NetNeutrality if nothing else about the story actually does.


Microsoft’s top legal mind laid out his case for extensive government reform in the age of the cloud in a blog post Wednesday.

The bullet points set forth by Microsoft EVP and General Counsel Brad Smith called on the Obama administration to:

  1. Recognize that U.S. search warrants end at the U.S. borders
  2. Stop the bulk collection of phone records etc.
  3. Reform the FISA Court
  4. Stop hacking data centers and cables
  5. Be more transparent

It’s a pretty aggressive laundry list from Smith, who will be on stage at Structure to talk about data privacy. It’s also one that Microsoft and its cloud rivals Amazon, Google, et al should agree upon given that their growing cloud businesses abroad are at risk as foreign countries rally around data sovereignty laws that would favor home-grown cloud companies in Germany, France, China, etc. It’s sort of a “what’s good for Microsoft is good for America” plea.

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