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BLOG: Don't think your cloud data is safe from the cops

Bill Snyder | March 27, 2013
Police around the world asked Microsoft for user data stored in the cloud 76,000 times in 2012. And most of the time, they got it.

A few weeks ago we learned that with Verizon's aid, police arrested a man for storing illegal porn in the cloud. Few of us have any sympathy for people who download kiddie porn, but that case is yet another example of the ease with which online data is exposed to prying eyes. If you read my account of the Verizon incident, you'll learn that the stash of illegal material was discovered via the use of automated scanning software developed by Microsoft and given to service providers at no charge.

Don't say you haven't been warned.


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