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Microsoft Files Lawsuit Against US Government Over Data Requests

Category: General News
Posted: 04:30PM

Earlier today Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the United State Justice Department in the District Court in Seattle. The subject of the lawsuit is Section 2705(b) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which "allows the government to obtain secrecy orders preventing companies from letting their customers know when their data is the target of a federal warrant." Microsoft feels that this violates the First and Fourth Amendments, but recognizes that "secrecy may be needed in some cases." The main objection of Microsoft is that the number of requests seems to be increasing and the majority of the requests have no end date. Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith addressed the lawsuit, stating "We believe these actions violate two of the fundamental rights that have been part of this country since its founding. These lengthy and even permanent secrecy orders violate the Fourth Amendment, which gives people and businesses the right to know if the government searches or seizes their property. They also violate the First Amendment, which guarantees our right to talk to customers about how government action is affecting their data. The constitutional right to free speech is subject only to restraints narrowly tailored to serve compelling governmental interests, a standard that is neither required by the statute being applied nor met by the government in practice here."

Source: WCCF Tech

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