Microsoft Caught Between Snowden And NSA

By Allison Grande (July 12, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. on Thursday denied that it had given the National Security Agency blanket access to its users' communications, but attorneys say that until the government lifts strict prohibitions on discussing what information it has shared, Microsoft will be unable to fully squelch what has grown into a Grade-A public relations nightmare.

Citing classified internal NSA newsletters obtained by former government contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian reported that Microsoft had "collaborated closely" with the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies to help them circumvent encryption and other technological barriers that blocked their access to user data contained in the company's chat,...

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