Microsoft Facing Threats of Boycott for Collaboration with ICE
20 June, 2018, 10:09 | Author: Eric Barnett
In a January blog post, Microsoft said the ATO would help the ICE deliver cloud-based identity and access services and "help employees make more informed decisions faster".
The tech company reiterated it was notworking with ICE or U.S. Customs and Border Protection "on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border", nor was Azure being used for that goal.
In its statement, however, Microsoft said it is not working with ICE or U.S. Customs and Border Protection on "any projects related to separating children from their families at the border" and that it is unaware of Azure being used for that goal. -Mexican border. The entire saga was fueled by the phrasing in a January Microsoft blog post and the company now claims that it is "dismayed" and not working with U.S. Immigration, Customs Enforcement, or Border Protection on any projects related to separating children from their families. The company later issued a statement, saying that Microsoft products are not being used specifically for the separation of families.
An employee briefly deleted the blog after seeing commentary in social media.
"The agency is now implementing transformative technologies for homeland security and public safety, and we're proud to support this work with our mission-critical cloud", reads the blog post.
Microsoft didn't immediately comment about whether it's still proud to supply ICE with its services.
The employees wrote that they "refuse to be complicit" in the Trump administration's policy of prosecuting more illegal border crossers, a practice that has led to at least 2,000 children being separated from their parents.
The New York Times first reported on the letter, which was posted on an internal message board and calls on Microsoft to end its work with ICE in light of the agency separating families and children at the U.S. -Mexico border.
Microsoft is now insisting in a statement that it wants to make things clear, though it still didn't directly address its business or relations with ICE.
Microsoft has been politically active on immigration issues in the last couple years, opposing the Muslim travel ban and supporting Dreamers, young people who came to the US illegally as children, in statements and court cases. It also urged the Trump administration to change that policy.
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