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NSA Files Show Encryption Was Bypassed

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

July 12, 2013

The Guardian reports on documents obtained from Edward Snowden on the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs that indicate encryption was bypassed to access documents. The documents show “Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption” and the NSA had “pre-encryption stage access to e-mail on Outlook.com, including Hotmail,” the report states. Microsoft has responded, "When we upgrade or update products, we aren't absolved from the need to comply with existing or future lawful demands," noting customer information is only provided “in response to government demands, and we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers.” Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has said he believes the NSA may soon abandon the practice of collecting bulk phone records.
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