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Microsoft criticised for searching blogger's email

Technology giant Microsoft has confirmed changes in its data policy after it admitted scanning the Hotmail email account - which it owns and operates - of a French internet blogger to gather evidence over possible information leaks.

It was claimed a former employee had leaked confidential copies of the Windows 8 operating system before it was released to the public.

Microsoft admitted breaking into the bloggers account. Credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

In a statement, Microsoft said in the future they will use an independent legal team to analyse whether or not they have the right to search personal accounts.

Vice president John Frank said they were "aware they needed to work to keep customer trust...and that privacy is incredibly important to us."