(The Hosting News) – As an attempt to reassure users of their stride to protect their personal data, Microsoft plans to encrypt data through all of its services, announced the company Wednesday night.
In recent months, many top technological companies such as Apple and Google have taken measures to protect users from allegations of snooping from governments and foreign agencies.
“In light of these allegations, we’ve decided to take immediate and coordinated action in three areas: We are expanding encryption across our services. We are reinforcing legal protections for our customers’ data. We are enhancing the transparency of our software code, making it easier for customers to reassure themselves that our products do not contain back doors,” wrote General Counsel of Microsoft, Brad Smith, via a press release.
The expanded encryption will be included in the company’s top services such as Outlook, Office 365, SkyDrive, and Windows Azure, as well as all “customer-created content.”
Additionally, Microsoft intends to enhance legal protections by notifying all customers when a legal order for their data is filed. If the company is prohibited from notifying customers of this, then they will challenge it in court, continues the press release.
“We all want to live in a world that is safe and secure, but we also want to live in a country that is protected by the Constitution. We want to ensure that important questions about government access are decided by courts rather than dictated by technological might.”