Microsoft Steps In Privacy Quagmire With Email Snooping

By Allison Grande (March 21, 2014, 8:56 PM EDT) -- While Microsoft Corp. will likely dodge criminal charges for sifting through the email of a user who allegedly received trade secrets from a former employee, the company will have a harder time quelling backlash from users irate over policy terms the company claims give it license to read their personal communications, attorneys say.

Microsoft has faced a barrage of criticism since federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Monday against former employee Alex A. Kibkalo that revealed the company had snooped on the Hotmail account of the blogger to whom Kibkalo is accused of leaking proprietary information.

In a statement Thursday, Microsoft...

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