Microsoft disables Hotmail encryption for government spying?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by SteveTX, Mar 26, 2011.

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  1. SteveTX

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    This is one of the many prices of "free" services and trusting the wrong people. It will be a hard stretch for Hotmail to claim they are doing this for ITAR compliance...

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    That only seems to add the UK to the list. Better yet, if it is a bug, why does microsoft have any method that discriminates user accounts between having encryption and not?
     
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    Technical rather than implied nefarious reasons?
     
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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/26/microsoft_https_hotmail_syria/
     
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    Requires more investigation. I would like to know what technical aspect disables https access for some user accounts, and not for others. In any case, it is disturbing if such a feature exists. It would also be interesting to know who caused this if it wasn't Microsoft/Hotmail, as it is difficult to overlook how strategically convenient such a bug would be.

    Hanlon's Razor, except that the Yahoo torture and Google Spying System Hacked issues are so recent, so it doesn't seem too far off.
     
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    of course it is but that wouldn't be news in today's both business and political climate
     
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    Interesting discussion.

    Regarding the implication that the feature was turned off to allow for government spying, my question is which government? Since Microsoft is based in the US, couldn't the US government spy on them anyway?

    Wouldn't turning this feature off make it easier for the governments in question to spy on their own citizens?

    Disclaimer: I am not a Microsoft MVP (one of the few who isn't).
     
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    it is weekend after all what else to do but speculate back and forth
     
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    I was just messing with you. But I do believe that you and ronjor are both Microsoft MVPs, which is an impressive accomplishment.
     
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    Luckily, I'm not in one of those countries.
     
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    Isn't a "Bug", that would allow plain text access, a convenient out for vendors when the "Bug" is discovered and until fixed provides lots of data for snoopers?

    Aren't each of those countries priority targets for intelligence agencies?

    Co inside ence, maybe.
     
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    That list is far too convenient, imho.
     
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    +1 :argh:
     
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