Microsoft has upped its efforts protect UK customers from potential government snooping by aiming to offer customers enhanced encryption in Outlook, SkyDrive, Office 365 and Windows Azure by the end of 2014.
Microsoft will also be implementing PFS (Perfect Forward Secrecy) along with 2048 bit encryption. The PFS ensures that data remains encrypted irrelevant of decryption keys and methods.
Transparency is also a key feature that Microsoft wants to work on over the next year. By offering more transparency behind its own code, Microsoft plans on being able to prove that there is no back door entry access being granted to government agencies and that no authorised surveillance programs are being used on Microsoft services.
Microsoft is one of many technology companies making public announcements and taking active steps to protect against the persistent threat of government spying. Encryption, PFS and transparency are all features that Microsoft aim to have in place by the end of 2014.