Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, has found itself stuck in the news cycle for the act of ripping apart families and the inhumane detention of children in cages. Now, Microsoft has found itself in the crosshairs of its own employees for a deal that allows ICE to use one of Microsoft's cloud computing platforms.
As reported by Gizmodo, tensions have risen within Microsoft as employees are finding issue with the deal allowing ICE to use the Azure government cloud. Azure is a service used for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through data centers managed by Microsoft. Speaking to Gizmodo, a couple employees outright stated that this is the type of partnership that would make them reconsider employment.
Microsoft condemned the separation of families by ICE in a statement to Gizmodo, but there have been no further comments. The full scope of the ICE's use of Azure is also unknown to the public at this time.
Though it wasn't specifically criticized by employees, Amazon recently was criticized in a similar fashion. The company allowed a sheriff's office to access its high-end facial recognition service for a monthly fee and the ACLU sought out to end the relationship. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.