Condemn Microsoft For Unprecedented Breach Of Consumer Privacy Rights


Target: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Goal: Demand Microsoft stop sharing private customer data with the government and that it come clean on past disclosures.

A recent leak has been made by whistle blower, Eric Snowden that implicates greater involvement by Microsoft in NSA’s spying program than previously suggested by Microsoft’s press statements. Leaks published by the Guardian provide evidence that Microsoft had willingly given the NSA knowledge to breach many of their products’ online securities. This includes: Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail, Skype, and their cloud media service known as Skydive. Although Microsoft had previously stated that they do not simply give out “blanket requests” of customer data and that requests were limited in nature, why would they hand out the key to hack their own systems to a third party? With this backdoor key, the NSA has the capability of seizing video, email communications, and other personal information without impunity.

Fortunately not all the internet giants have remained silent. Yahoo has recently called for the release of secret documents that detail their interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court in 2008. These documents supposedly provides evidence that Yahoo had resisted orders of handing over customers’ information to the NSA and questioned the constitutionality of its request. However this appeal was rejected by the court and Yahoo had no other choice but to comply. This gesture of transparency is a step in the right direction in restoring consumer trust but it is far from enough to assuage the fears of American citizens. A scaling back of government tampering in the realm of internet privacy is desired.

This is a clear overreach in the balance of national security and civil liberties. Please sign this petition to urge Microsoft to stop its questionable acts and demand more transparency from the internet giant.


Dear Mr Ballmer,

National security should not be the trump card to the 4th amendment. How can loyal consumers trust corporations who violate their own code of ethics and provide a service that is meant to protect their customer’s confidentiality, but only to give out exploits to their own security program to a third party? Your reassurances from previous press statements have little credibility and provide little comfort to dubious customers because, although you claim you don’t give out blanket requests for customer information, your actions seem to indicate the contrary. By your compliance in giving out the keys to cracking your encryption protection, you are essentially handing out a blank check to any future NSA requests for customer information in all of your products.

Your actions are not in the interest of your business public relations nor is it in the interest of regular American citizens. I urge you to do the right thing by lobbying for more transparency and an end to an unprecedented breach into citizens’ rights to privacy. By doing so you will restore consumer confidence in your brand name, and it will be a step toward restoring constitutional integrity in our government.


[Your Name Here]

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