To bad M$ won't do this for the majority of their consumers... ie AMERICANS!
Is this to the extreme, yes, but am I surprised M$ actually cared about the privacy of their consumers, better believe it.
QUOTE(Martinchris23 @ Feb 9 2007, 07:11 AM)
Maybe you don't understand the criminal justice system.
You're not guilty of something until proven so by a court of law. Whatever the Police knew of his previous misgivings is entirely irrelevent. Because you've been involved in crime in the past, doesn't make you guilty automatically.
Believe it or not, he has rights too - Microsoft knew this. If they would have handed the information over without a court order, his defence could have argued that a breach of the Data Protection Act was made prior to the case going to court. Therefore, any information obtained during this time would have been thrown out and he would have been acquitted. I've seen dozens of cases where warrants/court orders weren't obtained and the evidence gathered has been dismissed.
If you were to stab someone, confess to the police and the only evidence was the weapon obtained without a warrant or court order, you would most likely be aquitted. A confession isn't proof and without solid evidence, there wouldn't be a case.
Everyone must abide by the laws - even the Police. The fact this has made news should show that MS are good at protecting data they have on you.
If MS suck that much, don't use their products. It's the best way to show your objection.
I agree with your statement about everyone abiding by the law, but I have to say you have been watching to many forensic television shows. People are RARELY accuited becuase of mis-used search warrants. Yes, the evidence can be thrown out, but once they have the information and know who the guilty person is, they can find evidence else where. Also, if it can be proved that they would have found the evidence or obtained it another way, it is usually still allowed. Its not like someone can kill someone, confess and give you all the information before you merandize them, and they are off scotch free.This post has been edited by Justincredibal: Feb 9 2007, 02:40 PM