Microsoft issues joint statement about National Security Letters unshacklingWritten by Alan Buckingham on January 27, 2014 - 06:24PM @alanbuckingham
It seems every day lately has been a busy one in terms of news with either hacks or spying programs. Earlier today we learned that the NSA may be tapping our apps, including Angry Birds, to gain data. Yes, the Feds may be watching you play games.
But today’s news wasn’t all bad. In fact, there was some good that came out of our daily doom and gloom. The US Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence came together to issue a statement that releases Microsoft and other major tech companies from bondage, in terms of what can be revealed regarding the government requests that each receives.
The software giant was quick to respond, issuing an official statement, which has been correlated with other companies involved in the court battle that brought this outcome about.
“We filed our lawsuits because we believe that the public has a right to know about the volume and types of national security requests we receive. We're pleased the Department of Justice has agreed that we and other providers can disclose this information. While this is a very positive step, we'll continue to encourage Congress to take additional steps to address all of the reforms we believe are needed”
Will this bring any real change about? It’s a positive sign, but at this point there is little more that can be said. We need to see what comes around in light of this decision.