Unless 'legally compelled to', Microsoft will not hand over data

News by Greg Masters

Microsoft will continue its hard-line stance against handing over customer data to any government unless it is "legally compelled to," company President Brad Smith reiterated in an interview with a UK news outlet.

Microsoft will continue its hard-line stance against handing over customer data to any government unless it is "legally compelled to," company President Brad Smith reiterated in an interview with a UK news outlet.

"We will not help any government, including our own, hack or attack any customer anywhere," Smith said in an interview Monday with the UK's ITV News, advocating for strict limits to the data governments can obtain from private citizens.

In an age when law enforcement is pushing for ever-increasing access to the private communications of citizens and corporations, in particular technology companies, Microsoft has said it wouldn't cave to demands from intelligence agencies to automatically provide access to the data of its users.

When the matter involves the saving of lives and a request is lawful, in those cases the company acts swiftly to comply, Smith said. "But when governments go too far we will say no."

Since technology is "at the core of everyone's lives in every country in the world," Smith said, the only way Microsoft could be trusted as a global organisation is if it puts the interests of its customers ahead of the interests of a single government.

Topics:

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

Upcoming event 

Webcast: Understanding this year's biggest adversaries - and how to combat them 

Nation-state activity, versatile, slippery strategies and Big Game Hunting - the threats are real, dangerous and ever changing. 
Brought to you in partnership with Crowdstrike