EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

10.03.13

Even Microsoft Chief (Departed) Admits That Microsoft is a Very Serious Violator of Privacy

Posted in Google, Microsoft at 9:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Surveillance runs in their blood

Rupert Murdoch with Bill Gates

Summary: Tackling the claims that Microsoft cares about privacy and some more NSA news

THERE IS A LOT of evidence showing that Microsoft has climbed into the NSA’s bed, making it exceedingly easy for US spooks to spy on people all around the world, even without warrants. Edward Snowden has added plenty of evidence to show how wide-ranging Microsoft surveillance is. Bill Gates is still in the surveillance business, even outside Microsoft [1, 2]. He evidently likes to oppress people.

“Surveillance is about control and corporate interests, but it is being managed by the state which liases with corporations (the data collectors).”According to [1-3], even Microsoft’s own ‘privacy’ chief turns out to be vocal opponents of the company’s stance on privacy. Just remember this next time Microsoft accuses Google or some other company of privacy violations. The same goes for Mozilla [4], whose staff is known to be criticising Google (a partner) over privacy rather than Microsoft. Mozilla itself is trying hard to portray itself as pro-privacy. Privacy is the new “green” now. The “Do Not Track” working group shows some current trends as such [5]. Microsoft’s puppet, Yahoo, has a certain approach to it [6] and CBS, a friend of Microsoft, still focuses only on Google when it comes to privacy [7], whereas the EFF and other groups address the problem as a whole [8,9,10]. This is essentially an attack on journalism and justice [11], including accountability for those who violate privacy [12]. There is personal retribution against those who stand up and fight the NSA [13,14] and even chipsets are allegedly now spying on users, provided these users buy Intel (as many unavoidably do) [15].

Surveillance is about control and corporate interests [16], but it is being managed by the state which liases with corporations (the data collectors). Considering what Microsoft does in Russia, we know that Microsoft is on the side of the oppressors, not just in the US. For this, Microsoft deserves a boycott and perhaps even lawsuits. Microsoft profits from tyranny and oppression, so reparations are well overdue.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Ex-Microsoft privacy adviser: I don’t trust company after NSA revelations
  2. Ex-Microsoft privacy advisor: I don’t trust Microsoft, thanks to PRISM

    The former chief privacy adviser to Microsoft has said the NSA scandal has left him distrustful of the Redmond giant.

  3. Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Says He No Longer Trusts The Company

    Microsoft’s onetime Chief Privacy Advisor, Caspar Bowden, has come out with a vote of no-confidence in the company’s long-term privacy measures and ability or interest to secure user data in the wake of the NSA’s PRISM program. From 2002 – 2011, Bowden was in charge of privacy at Microsoft, and oversaw the company’s efforts in that area in more than 40 countries, but claims to have been unaware of the PRISM program’s existence while he worked at the company. In the two years since leaving Microsoft, Bowden has ceased carrying a cell phone and become a staunch open source user, claiming that he no longer trusts a program unless he can see the source.

  4. Google and the NSA

    So, it’s just the nature of our society that Google amasses troves of personal data on billions of people from all over the world and is then compelled to hand that over to the NSA.

  5. Digital Advertising Alliance Exits Do Not Track Group

    Ad community to the World Wide Web Consortium: The Do Not Track working group process is broken.

  6. A “Not My Email” Button, Because Yahoo Users Are Getting Other People’s Emails

    The button will let users reject emails not directed to them, but its effectiveness relies on the goodwill of the new address holders.

  7. How Google could have made the Web secure and failed — again

    Google confirms it made a change to better protect the privacy of how people search. However, it left loopholes and once again failed to seize an opportunity to encourage all sites to go secure.

  8. Time to Speak Up Against the NSA’s Mass Spying

    This summer, some of our worst fears and suspicions about the NSA have been confirmed. We now have evidence that the NSA is actively undermining the basic security of the Internet. It is collecting millions and millions of phone records of individuals not suspected of any crime. It is surveilling journalists.

  9. European Parliament LIBE Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens

    Without free media, where we can all read, write, listen and dis­cuss ideas freely and in pri­vacy, we are all liv­ing in an Orwellian dysto­pia, and we are all poten­tially at risk. These media must be based on tech­no­lo­gies that empower indi­vidual cit­izens, not cor­por­a­tions or for­eign gov­ern­ments. The Free Soft­ware Found­a­tion has been mak­ing these recom­mend­a­tions for over two decades.

  10. US websites should inform EU citizens about NSA surveillance, says report

    All existing data sharing agreements between Europe and the US should be revoked, and US web site providers should prominently inform European citizens that their data may be subject to government surveillance, according to the recommendations of a briefing report for the European Parliament.

  11. Email surveillance could reveal journalists’ sources, expert claims
  12. Edward Snowden’s E-Mail Provider Defied FBI Demands to Turn Over Crypto Keys, Documents Show

    The U.S. government in July obtained a search warrant demanding that Edward Snowden’s e-mail provider, Lavabit, turn over the private SSL keys that protected all web traffic to the site, according to to newly unsealed documents.

    The July 16 order came after Texas-based Lavabit refused to circumvent its own security systems to comply with earlier orders intended to monitor a particular Lavabit user’s metadata, defined as “information about each communication sent or received by the account, including the date and time of the communication, the method of communication, and the source and destination of the communication.”

  13. Ilija Trojanow, German Writer, Banned From US For Criticizing NSA

    According to Der Spiegel, German-Bulgarian writer and activist Ilija Trojanow was barred from entering the United States on Monday. Trojanow was to speak at a literary conference. HuffPost Live’s Ahmed Shihab-Eldin took a closer look at the story, which has yet to be covered by most major news sources in the U.S.

    While U.S. authorities did not provide Trojanow with a formal explanation, he believes he has been banned from the US because of his outspoken criticism of the NSA’s surveillance programs.

  14. ‘The NSA set me up,’ ex-con Qwest exec claims

    Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio, having recently completed a prison sentence for insider trading, maintains that he never committed any crime and that the sole reason for his conviction can be summed up in three letters: NSA.

    In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Nacchio said former security contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations about far-reaching domestic spying programs conducted by the US National Security Agency backed up his claim of innocence, which has never wavered since his 2007 trial.

  15. Secret 3G Radio in Every Intel vPro CPU Could Steal Your Ideas at Any Time

    Hilariously enough, Intel has created one of the most sought after technologies without letting anyone know about it. Basically, all Intel vPro CPUs (which include new mobile Core i5 and Core i7 chips) have an undocumented 3G chip inside. That chip is visible to the 3G network, even when the PC is not powered on.

  16. Government signals end to CCTV use for parking fines

    If CCTV cameras are about public protection, why are they bringing in £300m in revenue from parking enforcement?

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Microsoft-Funded Attacks on Android Security and Patent/Copyright

    A look back at examples of people who smear Android and are receiving (or received) money from Microsoft



  2. Blowback in Chile and Munich After Microsoft Intervention

    Microsoft's attacks on the digital sovereignty of countries involves lobbying, corruption, an attack on standards (e.g. ODF), an attack on FOSS policies, and even an attack on accurate reporting (truth itself)



  3. The End of Microsoft is Nigh

    A look back at a tough year for Microsoft and a not-so-promising future



  4. Links 22/8/2014: Linux Foundation LFCS, LFCE

    Links for the day



  5. UPS Burned by Microsoft Windows, Gives Away Massive Number of Credit Card Details

    UPS is the latest victim of Microsoft's shoddy back door with software on top of it (Windows); attempts to blame FOSS for data compromise actually divert attention from the real culprit, which is proprietary software



  6. Microsoft's Funding of ALEC and Other Systemic Corruption

    Microsoft role in writing of laws by proxy, via groups such as ALEC



  7. Microsoft is Still Preying on British Taxpayers, Playing Politics

    Some news from the UK showing how Microsoft uses politics to extract money out of taxpayers, irrespective of their preferences



  8. Microsoft's Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures is Collapsing as 20% of Staff Laid Off

    More good news regarding the demise of patents as Microsoft's leading patent proxy is collapsing more rapidly than anyone ever imagined and software patents too are collectively doubted



  9. Links 21/8/2014: Conferences of Linux Foundation, Elephone Emerges

    Links for the day



  10. Links 20/8/2014: Linux Event, GNOME Milestone

    Links for the day



  11. Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile's Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich

    icrosoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always



  12. Vista 8 Such a Disaster That Even Microsoft Cannot Cope With It, Vapourware Tactics Start Early

    Microsoft's Windows-powered services are failing and Windows gets bricked by Microsoft patches, whereupon we are seeing yet more of Microsoft's vapourware tactics (focusing in imaginary, non-existent versions of Windows)



  13. On BlackBerry and Other Patent Trolls

    A roundup regarding patent trolls, starting with the bigger and latest joiner, BlackBerry's new patents apparatus



  14. Links 19/8/2014: Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Betrayal, Mercedes-Benz Runs GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  15. BlackBerry -- Like Microsoft Nokia -- Could be the Next Patent Proxy Troll

    BlackBerry is restructuring for patent assertion (i.e. trolling) in the wake of some alliances with Microsoft



  16. After Microsoft's Soft Bribe Some Non-Technical Deputy Does Not Like Free Software, Microsoft-Linked Media Responds to This Non-News by Making Bogus Claims of Munich Leaving GNU/Linux (Updated)

    The subversive forces that have secretly been attacking Munich over its migration to GNU/Linux (Microsoft press, Gartner, and even HP) are back to doing it while China and Russia follow Munich's lead



  17. Gates Foundation CFO Quits and Debate About Revolving Doors Recalled Amid Systematic and Shrewd Bribery of Public Officials

    More officials step out of the Gates Foundation and their destination is not known yet; Gates continues to corrupt the public sector with his money so as to increase personal gain at taxpayers' expense



  18. Links 19/8/2014: GNU/Linux Raves and Alternative to Proprietary Voice Chat

    Links for the day



  19. Links 18/8/2014: Linux 3.17 RC1, Escalation in Ferguson

    Links for the day



  20. Gartner Group Advocates Using Defective Software With Back Doors

    Despite strong evidence that Microsoft has been complicit in illegal surveillance, Gartner continues to recommend the use of Windows and other espionage-ready Microsoft software



  21. The Microsoft Patent Trolls: Android Extortion, Vringo Versus Google, and Intellectual Ventures

    Roundup of news about patent aggression by Microsoft and some of its proxies



  22. Links 16/8/2014: Microsoft Linux, US Government Turns to Free Software

    Links for the day



  23. Links 15/8/2014: Reiser4 in Headlines Again, GNOME and KDE Events Finish

    Links for the day



  24. Links 14/8/2014: Kernel Summit Coming, KMix on KDE Frameworks 5

    Links for the day



  25. Shameless Microsoft Spin is Blaming China for Microsoft's Misconduct and Back Doors While Justifying Massive Losses in Hardware (Made in China)

    A new look at how Microsoft-friendly media takes negative Microsoft news and turns that news into some kind of scandals where Microsoft is the victim



  26. Microsoft Spin in the Media Evokes 'New Microsoft' and New Back Doors

    Some new examples of Microsoft boosters rewriting history, characterising Microsoft as a FOSS champion, and generally weak/shallow reporting on Microsoft's audio/video surveillance software



  27. Links 13/8/2014: GNU/Linux as Winner, New Snowden Interview

    Links for the day



  28. Reader's Article: Skype Spying Reaches New Levels of Blatant

    Forced 'upgrades' of Skype give useds [sic.] of Skype more than they asked for



  29. The Problem is Software Patents (and Scope), Not Patent Trolls Who Abuse Them Just Like Large Corporations

    Reminder of the dangers of losing sight of the real patent problem, which is the patents themselves, not necessarily those who use them



  30. Fraud in the USPTO and CAFC Helped Apple Launch Frivolous Patent Lawsuits Against Linux/Android, Based on New Withdrawals

    Inherent corruption in the US system has aided Apple's assault on east Asian electronics giants that use Linux at the core of their products


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts