Microsoft sued the U.S. government for right to disclose when communications are being sought


Microsoft’s suit focuses on the storage of data on remote servers, which has provided a new opening for the government to access electronic data. “People do not give up their rights when they move their private information from physical storage to the cloud,” Microsoft says in the lawsuit. Actually the company’s cloud-based business is taking on more importance. Over the past 18 months 2,576 orders received from a total of 5,624 prevented Microsoft from disclosing that the government is seeking customer data through warrants, subpoenas and other requests. Recent  proposed changes to the legislation removed an obligation for the government to notify a targeted user whose communications are being sought but it’s not yet a law and it is unclear if the bill will advance through the Senate.


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