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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday March 20 2014, @12:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the who-wanted-that? dept.

Rashek writes:

"Alex Kibkalo, an ex-Microsoft employee was just arrested for stealing and leaking company secrets.

Having spent seven years working for Microsoft, Kibkalo is alleged to have leaked Windows 8 code to a French technology blogger in mid-2012, prior to the software's release. Kibkalo was apparently angry over a poor performance review."

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by MrGuy on Thursday March 20 2014, @12:58PM

    by MrGuy (1007) on Thursday March 20 2014, @12:58PM (#18859)

    Since this took place in the EU, is Microsoft guilty of violating privacy standards by reading personal e-mail without a court order?

    I recognize Hotmal servers are owned by Microsoft, but it feels like this is the sort of thing that they'd have needed a court order to troll through if the blogger happened to be using a Gmail or other provider's account.

    Or maybe Microsoft's TOS give them the right to troll through your e-mail whenever they think you might be damaging Microsoft in any way (even in a way totally unrelated to Hotmail)?

    Of course, if it was the US they could simply argue that "metadata" about who e-mailed who are simply "business records" that aren't personally identifying and obviously aren't an invasion of privacy...

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  • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Thursday March 20 2014, @03:27PM

    by mhajicek (51) on Thursday March 20 2014, @03:27PM (#18919)

    Company email can be read by the company. A MS employee using Hotmail is using company email.

    The spacelike surfaces of time foliations can have a cusp at the surface of discontinuity. - P. Hajicek
    • (Score: 5, Informative) by MrGuy on Thursday March 20 2014, @04:05PM

      by MrGuy (1007) on Thursday March 20 2014, @04:05PM (#18934)

      The concern isn't about MS reading the MS employee's e-mail. What they read the BLOGGER'S e-mail account. The blogger happened to have/use a hotmail account to communicate with the MS employee.

      The question is whether MS reading a non-MS-employee's personal hotmail account because they suspected that person MIGHT have what MS considered confidential info is OK.

      • (Score: 1) by monster on Thursday March 20 2014, @06:02PM

        by monster (1260) on Thursday March 20 2014, @06:02PM (#18986) Journal

        As of employees' email, it depends of the specific country (different laws about it). For third parties, I think it is big no and may invalidate any evidence they got through it.