Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella downplayed his company's work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a company-wide email sent this evening, saying that Microsoft's contract with ICE deals only with email, calendar, and messaging -- not with separating children from their parents.
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Tensions are high within Microsoft, as new scrutiny is given to a partnership between the company's Azure Government cloud computing arm and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to several Microsoft employees who spoke to Gizmodo on the condition of anonymity. Two were considering leaving the company based on the response.
Acting head of US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan told US Senator Ron Wyden the agency does not use cell-site simulators -- a type of surveillance gear often referred to as a "Stingray" that can track down a specific mobile device by emulating mobile phone towers -- to locate undocumented immigrants.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has repurposed mobile phone tracking technology typically used in criminal investigations to track down at least one immigrant for deportation, The Detroit News revealed last week. ICE's controversial use of the surveillance technology has caught the eye of US Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is now demanding answers from ICE about its use of cell-site simulators, colloquially known as "Stingrays".