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Microsoft Takes it Back, Promises Not to Snoop on Emails

Tech Microsoft 300x199 Microsoft Takes it Back, Promises Not to Snoop on EmailsA week after saying it was justified in snooping through a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down a leaker of company software, Microsoft has changed course, saying it will refer such matters to law enforcement starting immediately.

The reversal, explained by general counsel Brad Smith in a blog post Friday, follows last week’s revelation that it searched through emails and instant messages of a blogger who Microsoft believed had received proprietary code illegally.

The search, in 2012, led to Alex Kibkalo, a Russian native who worked for Microsoft as a software architect in Lebanon. Microsoft turned over the case to the FBI in July 2013.

Smith now says the company “will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves” and will refer the matter to law enforcement if action is needed.

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