doctorow at March 21st, 2014 14:02 — #1
jandrese at March 21st, 2014 14:15 — #2
Newsflash, all webmail providers can do this. That's the tradeoff for convenience, you leave your email on a remote server where it can be data mined at will.
fuzzyfungus at March 21st, 2014 14:21 — #3
If anything, it's exactly those situations where an entity's ability to do something is essentially unfettered that their degree of dishonesty matters most. If they didn't have the capability, their honesty would be largely irrelevant.
boundegar at March 21st, 2014 14:35 — #4
And vice-versa. But this is the 21c - honesty is such a quaint value.
wysinwyg at March 21st, 2014 15:12 — #5
If I had something in a safe deposit box in a bank, could the bank just open it without a court order? I think that would be the scenario to compare here. It's not really "Microsoft searching itself." It's Microsoft giving someone a box to use for themselves and then searching the box.
infobubble at March 21st, 2014 15:56 — #6
Can we have some sense of perspective?
In 2012, Microsoft had been alerted to the fact that the blogger, whose identity was kept anonymous in the court papers, had been given some stolen lines of code from the not-yet-released Windows 8 operating system.
The blogger then posted screenshots of the unreleased Windows operating system to his blog.
To figure out the source of the leak, Microsoft began an investigation and, as part of that search, looked into the blogger's accounts to find out the name of the employee.Given the TOS you sign when you sign up for a hotmail account, this doesn't seem that big a deal.
They aren't data mining every mail you send for advertising like Gmail, they're pursuing a criminal act...
samll at March 21st, 2014 16:01 — #7
So you're saying, a blogger greatly angered Microsoft so they decided to rifle through the blogger's email account.
Their policy sounds like "we won't look through your Hotmail messages, unless we really, really want to."
tribune at March 21st, 2014 16:51 — #8
then they can go make a criminal complaint and someone can get a warrant
foggen at March 21st, 2014 17:16 — #9
dan_tobias at March 22nd, 2014 12:26 — #10
And one of the reasons I refuse to join the lemming-like rush to webmail, and keep on getting my mail the way I have since the 1990s, by downloading it into a mail client on my computer and deleting it off the server.
doctorow at March 26th, 2014 14:02 — #11
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