Microsoft ramps up protection for Outlook email

July 02, 2014 - 1:59:46 am

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft yesterday said it is scrambling Outlook email messages in transit to thwart spying by governments or others.

Toughened encryption at Outlook and Microsoft OneDrive online “cloud” data storage service came less than a month after the technology titan got low marks in a Google ranking of such defences against online snooping.

“We are in the midst of a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen encryption across our networks and services,” Microsoft vice president of trustworthy computing security Matt Thomlinson said in a blog post. “This effort also helps us reinforce that governments use appropriate legal processes, not technical brute force, if they want access to that data.”

US Internet firms are eager to fend off privacy concerns provoked by US online spying tactics exposed by former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has taken refuge in Russia. AFP

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