Is it really surprising that a company as large, predatory, and self-centered as Microsoft might not be a good guardian of individual rights? Let's face it: companies aren't good guardians of individual rights. The best you can hope is that they just stay out of the way. But it's hopelessly naive to assume that your employer will act in your best interest. It sometimes happens, and those companies should be treasured, but it surprises me every time it happens. You can't expect companies to behave ethically or with conscience.