Microsoft Cloud Deal With ICE Draws Ire From Employees

The Azure service is being used by the immigration enforcement entity and employees aren't a fan of this.

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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.

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    June 20, 2018 10:30 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Microsoft Cloud Deal With ICE Draws Ire From Employees

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      June 20, 2018 10:41 AM

      Good. They don't need to be the next ibm

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      June 20, 2018 12:38 PM

      Wonder how enraged all of these employees would be if their jobs were on the line due to a lack of revenue for the company... You're a peon, if you don't like the decisions being made by your employer, you can always quit.

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        June 20, 2018 1:37 PM

        That's what they threatened to do...so...yea.

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          June 20, 2018 2:47 PM

          Threatening to do isn't doing.

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            June 20, 2018 2:51 PM

            If things stay the same, which it totally may not, then they could leave.

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            June 20, 2018 3:07 PM

            Threat first, quit later

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              June 20, 2018 10:27 PM

              no no. we need to quit first then threaten to quit!

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        June 20, 2018 3:09 PM

        Just because you're an employee doesn't mean that you can't voice your opinion about your employer's actions.

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        June 20, 2018 11:01 PM

        You're not a peon. Don't be ridiculous.

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      June 20, 2018 3:18 PM

      Despite some of the current reprehensible actions of parts of ICE it still is a needed organization that does a lot of good work in enforcing Customs, and Human Trafficking.

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        June 20, 2018 10:59 PM

        We got along just fine before it was created in 2003.

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          June 21, 2018 1:15 AM

          It was a merger of two previous agencies, Customs Border Patrol and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. They used to work together since one was more administrative and the other was investigative and enforcement. It was a lot more streamlined to combine the two agencies since it was tricky for either to budget joint operations.

          It'd be like if the FBI was split between the special agents and the intelligence and support services.

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      June 20, 2018 11:21 PM

      How you gonna have a cloud without some fucking ice.

      Assholes.