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Microsoft searched through a Hotmail's user's email

Microsoft searched through a Hotmail's user's email

The Washington Post is publishing court documents that reveal that Microsoft, which owns Hotmail, deliberately searched through a Hotmail user's email account. (Hotmail is now called Outlook.)

The company was chasing someone who leaked some of the company's source code.

That said, the idea that the company would look through its own customers' email in pursuit of a corporate objective is a bit worrisome.

From the story, by Andrea Peterson in the Washington Post:

In the course of tracking down the alleged leaker, Microsoft searched through the blogger's e-mail account -- before involving law enforcement -- according to court documents.

[Alex] Kibkalo was a seven-year Microsoft employee working as a software architect in Lebanon at the time of the alleged leaks. The court documents claim he was upset over a poor performance review and started spilling code and other trade secrets to the French blogger.

Here's the scariest thing in the entire story:

But while Microsoft's search of a user's data without a court order may raise privacy concerns, its search likely falls within the company's legal rights. The tech giant's online services privacy statement gives it broad leeway to access user communications to "protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers."

Read the whole thing here.

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