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Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism programwhich was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

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All the major tech firms are lobbying the government to allow them to disclose more fully the extent and nature of their co-operation with the NSA to meet their customers' privacy concerns. Privately, tech executives are at pains to distance themselves from claims of collaboration and teamwork given by the NSA documents, and insist the process is driven by legal compulsion. In "Windows 7 backdoor nsa hookups" statement, Microsoft said: Targeting US citizens does require an individual warrant, but the NSA is able to collect Americans' communications without a warrant if the target is a foreign national located overseas.

Since Prism's existence became public, Microsoft and the other companies listed on the NSA documents as providers have denied all knowledge of the program and insisted that the intelligence agencies do not have back doors into their systems. Microsoft's latest marketing campaign, launched in April, emphasizes its commitment to privacy with the slogan: Similarly, Skype's privacy policy states: But internal NSA newsletters, marked top secret, suggest the co-operation between the intelligence community and the companies is deep and ongoing.

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It is responsible for all programs aimed at Windows 7 backdoor nsa hookups communications systems through corporate partnerships such as Prism. The files show that the NSA became concerned about the interception of encrypted chats on Microsoft's Outlook. A newsletter entry dated 26 December states: Another newsletter entry stated that NSA already had pre-encryption access to Outlook email.

Microsoft's co-operation was not limited to Outlook. An entry dated 8 April describes how the company worked "for many months" with the FBI — which acts as the liaison between the intelligence agencies and Silicon Valley on Prism — to allow Prism access without separate authorization to its cloud storage service SkyDrive.

The document describes how this access "means that analysts will no longer have to make a special request to SSO for this — a process step that many analysts may not have known about".

The NSA explained that "this new capability will result in a much more complete and timely collection response". A separate entry identified another area for collaboration.

The NSA has devoted substantial efforts in the last two years to work with Microsoft to ensure increased access to Skype, which has an estimated million global users. One document boasts that Prism monitoring of Skype video production has roughly tripled since a new capability was added on 14 July Now, analysts will have the complete 'picture'," it says. According to the NSA documents, work had begun on smoothly integrating Skype into Prism in Novemberbut it was not until 4 February that the company was served with a directive to comply signed by the attorney general.

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The NSA was able to start tasking Skype communications the following day, and collection began on 6 February. A 3 August newsletter describes how the NSA has recently expanded sharing with the other two agencies. The NSA, the entry reveals, has even automated the sharing of aspects of Prism, using software that "enables our partners to see which selectors [search terms] the National Security "Windows 7 backdoor nsa hookups" has tasked to Prism".

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