MicrosoftMicrosoft said late Thursday that it will “evolve” its policies for searching through non-employee Hotmail and mail accounts in the wake of concern over its practices. The company has come under fire after revelations it searched the account of a blogger to whom company information was leaked. In its latest statement, Microsoft still defended its actions and also noted that courts generally won’t grant a court order to search one’s own computers. “So even when we believe we have probable cause, it’s not feasible to ask a court to order us to search ourselves,” Deputy General Counsel John Frank said in a statement. “However, even we should not conduct a search of our own email and other customer services unless the circumstances would justify a court order, if one were available.”

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