Mongrel wrote:So the mistake I was making was thinking your replies were meant to apply to all data services when you were only picking at email very specifically?
That sounds right, yeah.
It bears noting, of course, that Microsoft's not doing this because they've got our best interests at heart; if they were worried about our privacy, we wouldn't have to look up a fucking step-by-step tutorial on how to turn off all the shit they're harvesting from us.
The problem for MS is that if it has to start handing that shit over to governments, people are going to start paying more attention to all the data they're gathering and there's going to be pushback against it. (Though you're absolutely right that this will be a bigger deal in foreign countries than in the US.)
The same's true, to a lesser extent, for Apple, and to a greater extent for Google.