Psst: Big Brother Might Not Be Watching But Microsoft Is

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Surprise surprise. Via Wired's Threat Level blog, Microsoft Takes Down Whistleblower Site, Read the Secret Doc Here:

Microsoft has managed to do what a roomful of secretive, three-letter government agencies have wanted to do for years: get the whistleblowing, government-document sharing site Cryptome shut down.

Microsoft dropped a DMCA notice alleging copyright infringement on Cryptome’s proprietor John Young on Tuesday after he posted a Microsoft surveillance compliance document that the company gives to law enforcement agents seeking information on Microsoft users. Young filed a counterclaim on Wednesday — arguing he had a fair use to publishing the document, a full day before the Thursday deadline set by his hosting provider, Network Solutions.

Ouch. Microsoft's "Global Criminal Compliance" document isn't all that comforting but that's why one should generally choose to opt-out of their creepy "anonymous user survey" crap. I'm slowly weaning off of shitty Microsoft technology myself; first the BlackBerry, next thing you know I'll trade in my Windows 7 laptop for a Mac.  Stranger things have happened.

(h/t The Animal Spirits Page)