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Microsoft helped NSA, FBI access user info: Guardian

Published on Jul 12, 2013 6:12 AM
 
The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest in this March 20, 2013 file photo. Microsoft Corp worked closely with United States (US) intelligence services to help them intercept users' communications, including letting the National Security Agency (NSA)  circumvent email encryption, the Guardian reported on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Microsoft Corp worked closely with United States (US) intelligence services to help them intercept users' communications, including letting the National Security Agency (NSA)  circumvent email encryption, the Guardian reported on Thursday.

Citing top-secret documents provided by former US spy contractor Edward Snowden, the United Kingdom newspaper said Microsoft worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the NSA to ease access via Prism - an intelligence-gathering program uncovered by the Guardian last month - to cloud storage service SkyDrive.

Microsoft also helped the Prism program collect video and audio of conversations conducted via Skype, Microsoft's online chat service, the newspaper added.

Microsoft had previously said it did not provide the NSA direct access to users' information. On Thursday, it repeated that it provides customer data only in response to lawful government requests.

 
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