Microsoft opens "Transparency Center" to let EU governments check its source code for backdoors

By Jos
Jun 8, 2015
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  1. Microsoft has opened the doors to a new "Transparency Center” in Brussels, allowing European governments to review the source code of its products and access security information about the latest threats and vulnerabilities in a secure environment. This is the company’s second transparency center after launching the first one in Redmond a year ago.

    With this the European Commission joins some other 41 agencies from different governments and international organizations worldwide as part of Microsoft's Government Security Program, which launched in 2003.

    According to a blog post by Matt Thomlinson, Vice President of Microsoft Security, government investigators can comb through lines of code in Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Microsoft Office, Windows Server Lync, SharePoint 2010 and versions of Windows Embedded. We’d assume Windows 10 will be included as well once the OS officially launches.

    Source code for other Microsoft software may be accessed on a case by case basis, and the company says it plans to expand the range of products covered in the program as well as opening other centers in the future.

    The move comes at a time when governments are growing increasingly wary about tech companies providing spy agencies with back door access to user data, particularly in the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA and GCHQ revelations.

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  2. sukhwant singh

    sukhwant singh TS Enthusiast Posts: 66   +10

    I feel like that it is a test that governments can check if its backdoors are working properly or not.
    its same like when some telecom operator launch its services after test phase then company gives codes and access info to govt agencies then only a telecom company gets permission to launch its services to public. I came across a news "Reliance Jio has written to DoT to start test of legal interception and monitoring solution in its network across circles which is conducted along with security agencies and is mandatory before launch of telecom services," an official source told PTI.

    means it is a requirement to launch a telecom service that you have to provide backdoors to governments so they can spy consumers any time.

    its same like giving my email password to anyone and hoping that he will ask for my permission before opening my email.

    sorry for my poor english
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    your English is pretty good
  4. sukhwant singh

    sukhwant singh TS Enthusiast Posts: 66   +10

    hmmm Thanx. English is not my native language. so I always feel like there might be several mistakes. thanks for encouraging me.

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