Earlier this week a statement from a senior National Security Agency sparked rumors that there might be a NSA backdoor in Windows 7, but these concerns were quickly addressed by Microsoft. A Microsoft spokesperson responded that Microsoft has not and will not put backdoors into Windows.
Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronics Privacy Information Center, raised a red flag about the NSA's involvement in Windows 7. "When NSA offers to help the private sector on computer security, the obvious concern is that it will also build in backdoors that enables tracking users and intercepting user communications," Rotenberg told ComputerWorld, "And private sector firms are reluctant to oppose these 'suggestions' since the US government is also their biggest customer and opposition to the NSA could mean to loss of sales."
Microsoft responded to Rotenberg's concerns, categorically denying it would build a backdoor into Windows 7 at the NSA's request. "Microsoft has not and will not put 'backdoors' into Windows," a Microsoft spokesperson told ComputerWorld in a statement.