Microsoft denied that it provides the U.S. government (or any other) with "blanket or direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, or any Microsoft product." The company issued its statement in response to a Guardian report yesterday that alleged Skype has been funneling user data into the NSA's alleged PRISM surveillance program since 2011.
Microsoft said that "clear principles" guide its response to government requests for customer information "for both law enforcement and national security issues." The company insisted that it only provides customer data in response to "legal processes," and said that it only ever complies with "orders about specific accounts or identifiers." The company said it simply would "not respond" to "blanket orders" such as those described in the Guardian story.