Microsoft is making huge changes to its privacy policy in the wake of a recent email scandal that saw the company searching through a French blogger’s hotmail account in search of leaked company property. In an announcement today on the company’s policy blog, general counsel Brad Smith said that Microsoft would no longer search user content when company property is threatened, but would refer the entire matter to outside law enforcement and let them guide further action. The statement goes beyond a previous statement made last week, which only stated that the company would „comply with the standards applicable to obtaining a court order“ when searching user content.

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