Microsoft to suspend certain email security notifications

Summary:UPDATED: Citing government policies, as of July 1 Microsoft will no longer use email to issue certain security notifications.

As of July 1, Microsoft will no longer use email to issue notifications for certain security events:

  • Security bulletin advance notifications
  • Security bulletin summaries
  • New security advisories and bulletins
  • Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins

The announcement, received (ironically) on the Microsoft Security Notifications email list, attributes the decision to "...changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging..."

Microsoft recommends that IT professionals sign up for notifications using one of the company's security RSS feeds.

UPDATE: It appears that the change is due to a new Canadian anti-spam law which goes into effect on July 1. Microsoft Canada has an opt-in page for users to allow emails.

Topics: Security, Government, Microsoft


Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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