Microsoft Corporation explained its stance on cooperation with the Belarusian security agencies.
The information on alleged cooperation of Microsoft, Skype’s owner, with Belarusian security agencies and disclosing data of 35 Belarusian Skype accounts leaked to Belarusian media. The company’s representatives has given a comment on the issue to charter97.org:
“Please be informed that in accordance with the information in Microsoft’s report on requests to Microsoft from law enforcement authorities, Microsoft provides data to law enforcement agencies exclusively on the ground of requests from judicial authorities or equivalent duly executed requests, which Microsoft has all reasons to believe to be valid, and discloses only account information. If Microsoft has no reasonable grounds to believe that the requests are relevant to a criminal investigation, Microsoft does not disclose customer information.
Microsoft’s lawyers considered all five requests from judicial agencies of Belarus relating to criminal investigations of, for example, frauds involving stolen credit cards. Please take note that in none of the cases were the data beyond the scope of account information and relating to content of customer communications revealed by Skype.”
Belsat, following Charter97