The Guardian recently released a report that showed Microsoft in a pretty bad light, leaving their innards on display like day-old road kill in the swelter of a summer heat wave. We covered much of that here: Microsoft's PRISM Participation Flayed Open in New Report. What is interesting about The Guardian article is that it targeted Microsoft, and Microsoft only, at a key turning point in the software company's evolution into a Devices and Services company. Since that report, there have been no other mentions of any of the other companies that participate in the PRISM program. Personally, I believe this makes The Guardian article suspect.
Brad Smith, Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel, has taken to Twitter to rebut much of the information that has been posted about his company and its dealings with the NSA. In addition to suggesting that Microsoft would like to be more open about how they have interacted with the NSA, Brad also states that the US Government is stopping them.
We believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedom to share more information with the public, yet the Government is stopping us.— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) July 16, 2013
Brad has also taken the time to post up an article that takes The Guardian report, bit-by-bit, and tells the true story behind what the NSA does and does not have access to on the Microsoft servers. In Responding to government legal demands for customer data, he shares about Microsoft's action to request that the Attorney General of the United States permit Microsoft and other companies to share more complete information about national security requests.