Microsoft has revised its privacy policy after admitting it read a blogger’s Hotmail emails during an investigation into Windows 8 leaks.

From now on Microsoft will need to consult two independent legal teams before reading customers’ emails. The company will have to convince legal experts that it has sufficient evidence for a court order.

The revelation that Microsoft had read a customer’s private emails caused an outcry among the public. Microsoft took the action while pursuing a person suspected of posting leaked screenshots and code related to Windows 8 before its official release. Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee was arrested on Wednesday accused of passing on the information to a French blogger, who then posted the information online.

Microsoft has not apologised for its actions, instead opting to tighten its privacy rules. The company’s vice president John Frank defended the company’s right to search emails, stating that “courts do not issue orders authorising someone to search themselves, since obviously no such order is needed.” Frank continued to state that the company would start to include information about the number of accounts searched in its twice-yearly transparency report.

The terms and conditions of Outlook and Hotmail give Microsoft the right to read private emails. The user agreement states that “we may access information about you, including the content of your communications, to protect the rights or property of Microsoft.” Nevertheless, the revelation has still concerned many.

The PR damage done by the news is compounded by the fact that the company’s anti-Google ‘Scroogled’ campaign had previously argued that Outlook was more private than Gmail. The announcement that Microsoft will include extra information in its transparency reports is intended to soften the effects of this PR disaster, but the company has made no changes to the Outlook terms of service, which still give it the right to search private email accounts.