Lilbits (3-28-2014): Microsofts reconsiders stance on email snooping

Microsoft recently made headlines for working with law enforcement to track down the source of Windows software leaks… and a lot of that press focused on the fact that the company read the emails of a Hotmail user as part of the investigation.

Last week company officials defended the practice, saying they had enough information to warrant a court order… but that a court wouldn’t order Microsoft to release information from its own servers.

Plenty of people were unimpressed with that response and now Microsoft has announced a new policy: Instead of snooping on users of its free email services, the company will now refer the matter to law enforcement agencies.

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  • Fred

    FU Microsoft. And if the cops come to my door looking for trouble, they’ll get more trouble than they can handle. F’ers. Oh, wait. I don’t use hotmail and I don’t plan to. Never mind.

  • Daniel Lundh

    Looks like Microsoft Scroogled themselves in the foot.

  • hakim

    Riiight.. first the discovery that Lumia handsets send back everything to Microsoft, not Nokia, servers, and now this.
    You know when you’ve been Swindowed.

  • Michael Thompson

    Microsoft policy: push customers away and charge them for the privilege

  • Eddie

    If this was a rapist that was figured out because of the ability to snoop emails, everyone would be cheering. Also, if anyone’s interested in various email clients or software for protecting yourself, visit I use them constantly myself.

    • Arnaud

      But a rapist would, and still can, be caught with the use of a court order.
      The issue here is that MS did the snooping without a court order.
      Also, stop peddling your cr4p. You cannot protect yourself from snooping unless you encrypt all of your e-mails (in which case you should link to GPG), or change provider. A new e-mail client won’t help.