5 Companies That Had A Rough Week

Microsoft Catches Secrets Thief, Then Catches Hell Over Privacy

A former Microsoft employee suspected by the company of stealing Windows-related intellectual property in retaliation for a poor performance review was arrested this week.

However, instead of celebrating the successful investigation, Microsoft caused angst among privacy experts after it was disclosed the company found its primary evidence by looking at the former employee's Hotmail account.
Microsoft learned that the IP was sent via a Hotmail email account, and based on the validity of the evidence, reviewed the contents of the former employee's email. While Microsoft's terms of service for its online services gives the company the right to access communications in such circumstances, privacy advocates concerned that Microsoft actually did so.

Get the latest channel news to your inbox every morning with the CRN Daily newsletter.