Microsoft has been working to make its programming code more open and transparent. The company has had to defend itself over accusations that it installed “back doors” to allow the US government to spy on customers. To show that it does not use back doors, the company has been opening its code for inspection.
A new report by Reuters says Microsoft has opened a center in Brazil where government officials can see its code. This gives officials in the country peace of mind that there is no software spying links. It also shows that Microsoft’s programming code is secure and not vulnerable to attack.
The company has been on the defensive since Edward Snowden revelations in 2013. The whistleblower showed the US NSA was capturing data from emails managed by tech companies like Microsoft. Among the leaks was proof that the United States had spied on then Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Brazil has since been wary of Microsoft’s technology.
Microsoft opened its new Transparency center on Wednesday. Among the officials in attendance was Brazil’s Congress speaker. The company points out that the use of electronic devices in the viewing room is prohibited.
Transparency Center’s Go Global
Since the NSA scandal, Microsoft has been forced into a charm offensive. The company has opened transparency centers in its Redmond, Washington headquarters and Brussels. Earlier this month, two new centers were opened in Singapore.
The two locations will give governments in the Asia-Pacific region will have access to cybersecurity resources. Microsoft opened the Transparency Centre and Cybersecurity Centre as part of its security program.
With this project, Microsoft is opening its product’s source code to authorities to be checked. Both private and public bodies can check the company’s machine learning threat intelligence analytics and other security protocols.
The program has been a success so far. Microsoft says it encompasses 40 countries and organizations worldwide. Asia-Pacific is a region that has adopted the program consistently.