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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

'Double-digit declines in people's trust in American tech companies' is bad for business

By Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2014
The Register

Microsoft's top lawyer says the fallout of the NSA spying scandal is "getting worse," and carries grim implications for US tech companies.

In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith warned attendees that unless the US political establishment figures out how to rein in its spy agencies, there could be heavy repercussions for tech companies

"What we've seen since last June is a double-digit decline in people's trust in American tech companies in key places like Brussels and Berlin and Brasilia. This has put trust at risk," Smith said.

"The longer we wait or the less we do the worse the problem becomes," he explained. "We are seeing other governments consider new procurement rules – procurement rules that could effectively freeze out US-based companies."


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As am I.

To hell with these treasonous unConstitutional collaborators.

Cyril's picture

"I'm sooo sorry!"

"I'm sooo sorry!"

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


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NSA keys were found in windoze 98...

That's a long time that the NSA has been spying on computer users.


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Do you mean some sort of NSA

Do you mean some sort of NSA backdoor into the Win98 OS? Or are you referring to cryptographic keys in Win 98 that were found to be used by the NSA?


Gilligan's picture

Some Microsoft Windows source code was accidentally released ...

... and it had a variable in it named _NSAKEY


Google is government.

Good..ayo Microsoft

May u take your fellow traitors w you....

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Money makes change

The NSA is affecting corporation profits, things will change.

Gilligan's picture

GOOD! You tech companies LIED to us

and now you cannot expect to be trusted.

Yeah, that means YOU, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo.

Google is government.

and APPLE.

and APPLE.

To Apple's credit

Apple was the last listed tech company to start participating in PRISM.

Apple started participating in PRISM a full year after Steve Jobs' death.

Steve Jobs in 2010, Apple & Privacy.



This is what I'm really looking forward to=---

Next would be ENCRYPTED SEARCH ENGINES---how about "Mega Search"?

or some other great name! Serves them right for not standing up for truth and justice. What cowards they all were!

Although to be fair, they did

Although to be fair, they did have secret court orders against them. It is a sad fact that you cant run a business on principle; you could close one though.

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Yep, like Qwest did when they refused the "hidden room"

Search AT&T hidden room; Qwest took a stand against government tyranny, but they didn't buy enough guns.

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Dont forget Verizon

sorry, just hate them the most.

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gaylbaby's picture

"This has put trust at risk"

I don't think it is trust they are worried about. It is revenue. And they completely deserve that level of distrust.

I see it as karma. No sympathy.