Microsoft officials announced on Wednesday they will move forward in efforts to "protect the privacy of online communications_" and "_encrypt Internet traffic traveling through its data centers_, "according to anarticlepublished byCNet News. Thearticlenoted that Microsoft compared governmentsurveillanceto "_sophisticated malware andcyber attacks."
In a blog post authored by Microsoft's general counsel, Brad Smith spoke of Microsoft's concern regarding specific allegations, which point at the unwarranted collection of customer data from the internet by "some governments_, "according to thearticle. Smith confirmed as thearticleindicates, that Microsoft is moving forward to "_ensure that anygovernment surveillanceof the Internet is conducted legally rather than by a technological subterfuge."
The article quotes Smith's comments in the blog to say,"_If true, these efforts threaten to seriously undermine confidence in the security and privacy of online communications._" He continued to say, "_Indeed, government snooping potentially now constitutes an 'advanced persistent threat,' alongside sophisticated malware and cyber attacks_," according to the article.