The SEC also noted that Microsoft's Saudi Arabian and Thai affiliates offered officials and non-governmental employees "inappropriate travel and gifts" (see: more bribes). The Turkish entity granted a "disproportionate rebate" to a third party without offering any indication of service, even though the US regulators did not file bribes more than three years ago and severed relations with four resellers. Accordingly, anti-corruption efforts have been improved, including transparency on discounts in the public sector and the use of AI to identify potentially illegal sales. However, the company had to be beaten ̵
This is not the first time that a huge American technology company has been involved in European bribery allegations. HP employees were accused in 2012 of bribing Russian officials to sign a computer contract. However, it is still a relatively rare occurrence and is a headache for a company that should have left its legal difficulties in the past.