Microsoft sues U.S. over secret demands for customer data


SAN FRANCISCO – In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft (MSFT) is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge.

The lawsuit comes as the technology industry butts heads with U.S. officials over the privacy rights of customers.

Microsoft says the U.S. is abusing a decades-old law that allows a court to order the company to turn over email or other customer files that are stored on its servers, while prohibiting Microsoft from notifying the customer. The company says that violates constitutional rights of free speech and protection against unreasonable searches.

“Microsoft brings this case because its customers have a right to know when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails, and because Microsoft has a right to tell them,” states the company’s lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in federal court in Seattle. “Yet the Electronic Communications Privacy Act… allows courts to order Microsoft to keep its customers in the dark when the government seeks their email content or other private information, based solely on a ‘reason to believe’ that disclosure might hinder an investigation.”

Source: Microsoft sues U.S. over secret demands for customer data – CBS News

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