The first recommendation is the one that makes me nervous.The government must first get a search warrant before obtaining any private communications or documents stored online;Are you telling me we don't already do that?? yikes.
Your CEO's joint letter to the FCC on the WSJ is behind a subscription firewall - post it on here for the rest of the world other than WSJ subscribers, please?
Yes, Elena Strange, as a recent example here is what Microsoft can tell the police if you use their services and/or email accounts http://file.wikileaks.org/file/microsoft-spy.pdf You can read what WikiLeaks had to say about it here http://wikileaks.org/ I read about this also a few weeks ago from (I think) the Wired.com website. Excerpts from page 22 of the PDF: "Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) (18 U.S.C. §§ 2701-2712) sets forth the appropriate legal process required to compel Microsoft’s Online Services Records Custodians to disclose customer records and contents. ...Preservation Requests 18 U.S.C. § 2703(f): Upon the request of a governmental entity, Microsoft shall preserve all information, including IP logs and contents for a period of 90 days from the date of the preservation." There is some mention of subpoena, court order and search warrant on this same page (22), but the phrase "government entity" seems a bit vague.
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