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November 15, 2013 Walt Paley

MSFT_logo_pngThis week brought a variety of news, but one headline in particular caught my eye.  It was from the UK and didn’t get a ton of press here in the States, despite the significance and repercussions for all of us.

'We still don't encrypt server-to-server data' admits Microsoft to EU Committee

In the context of a European Parliament committee hearing on NSA and GCHQ (the British counterpart) access to communications, this is rather perturbing.  Dorothee Belz, EMEA VP for Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft, joined peers from Google and Facebook to testify on the privacy issues when she conceded a lack of server encryption.

Wired.co.uk’s Chris Baraniuk pinged Microsoft’s official spokesman and came up empty except for a boilerplate (and ineffective) reassurance that "[Microsoft is] evaluating additional changes that may be beneficial to further protect our customers' data."

Well, we would hope so!  It’s not like this newfangled encryption technology just arrived on the scene.

I know this blog is inherently pro-crypto, but this should be drawing mainstream outrage.  You don’t need PETA to tell you that animal abuse is wrong, and you don’t really need SafeLogic to tell you that Microsoft has dropped the ball.

These tech giants, like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others, have a fiduciary responsibility to safeguard the data of the users.  There is an expectation of privacy, safety, and trust.  If Microsoft cannot rise to the occasion and put reasonable measures in place, users should talk with their wallets and eschew products such as Outlook, Skydrive, and Office 365.  Why place personal information within Cloud products proctored by a company demonstrating disinterest in proper stewardship?

Implementing world class cryptography is within the reach of every vendor, product, solution, and app – SafeLogic has proven that.  There’s just no excuse for one of the biggest innovators of our lifetime to be lagging behind.

So Microsoft – if you need help, drop us a note!

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Walt Paley

Walt Paley

Walter Paley is the VP of Communications for SafeLogic. He is responsible for strategy, content, marketing, and outreach. Walt has worked with a series of start-ups and companies in growth stages, including Nukona (acquired by Symantec), Qubole, Bitzer Mobile (acquired by Oracle), and TigerText, among others. An Alumnus of the psychology program at UC San Diego, Walt lives in Southern California with his wife, kids, and their black lab, Echo.

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