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Microsoft Sues Obama Administration "To Keep Secrecy The Exception, Not The Rule"


Following its debacle with Apple, the Obama administration now faces a suit from Microsoft that, in their words, stands up for "customers' constitutional and fundamental rights – rights that help protect privacy and promote free expression." As Microsoft's Brad Smith notes, with rare exceptions consumers and businesses have a right to know when the government accesses their emails or records, and the suit centers around the fact that since cloud storage accelerated, it's becoming routine for the U.S. government to issue orders that require email providers to keep these types of legal demands secret. Microsoft believe that this goes too far.

As Bloomberg reports, Microsoft Corp. sued the U.S. Justice Department in an attempt to stop the government from forcing it to turn its customers' e-mails and other data over to law enforcement without their knowledge.

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