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Microsoft backs off of CISPA "support"

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The NSA and creepy right-wing Republicans seem determined to jam through something that will crush privacy in America and destroy our traditional values, but it may be getting a bit harder to do.

Love them or hate them, Microsoft carries enough weight to win or lose, and the company is now shifting from its mild support to raising questions about CISPA. Microsoft and the rest of the tech community needs to be encouraged by consumers to fully drop support for these attacks on privacy.

More from CNET:

In response to queries from CNET, Microsoft, which has long been viewed as a supporter of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, said this evening that any law must allow "us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers." Microsoft added that it wants to "ensure the final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime while protecting consumer privacy." That's a noticeable change -- albeit not a complete reversal -- from Microsoft's position when CISPA was introduced in November 2011.

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