Civil Liberties

Microsoft General Counsel: Government Snooping a Persistent Threat "Alongside Sophisticated Malware and Cyber Attacks"

Beefing up security


Microsoft isn't mincing words when it comes to how it feels about U.S. intelligence agencies potentially spying on its customers. 

On Tuesday, Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president, wrote in a blog post that "government snooping potentially now constitutes an 'advanced persistent threat'" to online privacy and security "alongside sophisticated malware and cyber attacks."