QUOTE(Martinchris23 @ Feb 8 2007, 01:19 PM)
A lot of you are seeing this the wrong way.
I applaud MS for what they did - everyone has rights and when Microsoft promise to keep your information private, they have to uphold it. The Privacy act states that information has to be revealed to uphold the law. Microsoft will look after a customer first, so an individual's details are priority.
Here's the thing - Nothing short of a court order would be needed to obtain the information, because the guy (remember, he's not a criminal until proven guilty in court) agreed for MS to store his private details and keep them private. If MS had released his details, THEY would have been held liable and he could have sued them. Futhermore, it's entirely possible that the case could have been thrown out due to inadmissable evidence. His privacy agreement with MS is set in stone - noone can breach it without express permission.
However the moment a warrant is brought into the equation (and MS checks it out to be legit with the police headquarters), then MS can give the info up. Well played by MS. That guy's a criminal but MS has policies, and if they dont follow they can become liable. Yes everyone wants to bring a burglar down, but it has to be done by the book. No emotions involved. (MS Employee: "Hey cops you want this guy's info? what he robbed a x360? here i'll GLADLY give you his info!").
Data protection is a very important thing and it shouldnt be underestimated. If MS gave the info out all guns blazing without a warrant (just because the cops talked rough with their blahdy blah about NZ laws, bringing a guy to justice, etc..), the'd have been under the griller for much worse than a burglary - breaking the data protection act.
They played it well. And i dont think MS would kiss arse with a country that is important to them i.e. China. Again if they broke data protection they'd be in MUCH MUCH deeper trouble and i dont think MS would risk it. IF info was leaked, it'll have been because of one employee not following the book - not a decision made by the main shareholders! No fucking way would MS shareholders and main managers decide to leak info about criminals to a kissarse country - no fucking way - they have more brains than that because they'd know they're putting the company AND it's image on the line! Like i say it'd be down to one employee if there were leakage problems.This post has been edited by njptrading: Feb 8 2007, 03:21 PM