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[–] rwbj 3 points 64 points (+67|-3) ago 

I'd wager this is little more than a PR move. Windows 10 has made it perfectly clear that Microsoft could not care less about consumer privacy or data protection. And as a result of this consumer backlash Microsoft has seen its brand value deteriorate rather dramatically. You have to try to force people to upgrade to a free OS? Yeah, something has gone terribly wrong. Apple sued, and whether or not that was genuine, they gained a large amount of good will. Microsoft, as has been typical for them as of late, is a day late and dollar short running to the party going, "Hey!! Me too!"

For instance and further backstory the Snowden leaks revealed Microsoft was literally the first company to sign onto the PRISM program - a NSA domestic surveillance program. They've had over a decade to do something like this. And it's just now they finally decide they're upset about law enforcement data grabs? Yeah... okay.

That said, I still think this is a good thing. Good actions for bad motivations are still good actions.

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[–] Rottcodd 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

My sentiments exactly, with one proviso - I don't think it's a good thing, at all.

Why? Because Microsoft not only doesn't care about consumer privacy or rights, but, to the extent that they've shown an interest in the subject, they've undermined both. So I'd say that it's near certain that this is not even a nominally good thing done for shabby reasons. They have absolutely no interest in furthering consumer rights, so it's much more likely that they're not merely doing this for PR gain, but that they already know, just as their government cronies already know, that it's NOT going to in any way further consumer privacy or rights.

At best, from our point of view, nothing will come of it. I think it's far more likely though that it's a scam from the beginning, and that part of the reason that it's happening (besides the PR value to Microsoft) is that it will give the government the opportunity to impose some sort of enormously complex and loophole-riddled "agreement" that will, underneath all the rhetoric, further diminish consumer rights, and for the benefit of both the government AND Microsoft.

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[–] Boyakasha 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Spot on summary.

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[–] RedditIsPropaganda23 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'd wager this is little more than a PR move. Windows 10 has made it perfectly clear that Microsoft could not care less about consumer privacy or data protection.

got them.

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[–] skidmark-steve 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Linux... and an email service outside the "United we-don't-need-no-stinking-warrant States of America.

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[–] Moonbat 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Got any good suggestions on such an email service? I've decided to switch away from gmail.

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[–] ThisIsntMe123 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Because lines on a map will stop the letter agencies.

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[–] FatPepe 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Fuck off ms, you're not recovering your ruined reputation with this little stunt, or any stunt in the future.

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[–] Synisterintent 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

We can steal all your info. But get mad when someone steals it from us.

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[–] JamesGatz 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

But Microsoft is the devil...

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[–] ChaoticNeutral 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

When the devil is acting as your friend it's because he wants your soul.

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[–] ThisIsMyRealName 3 points -1 points (+2|-3) ago 

They can have it if this pans out in the right direction

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[–] roznak 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

One begs the question, what if Microsoft could tell the customers that they are being monitored? Would they tell the customers? Or just hide it because that is bad promotion for their Cloud business?

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[–] softdown 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

FWIW....the bull market of 2015 was due to these companies: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Netflix. Notice any commonalities?

We are the product.

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[–] 4940114 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sounds like the feds weren't giving Microsoft enough money to keep them quiet.

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