Microsoft Sues US Government

Microsoft Sues US Government

Consumer privacy has been a hot topic lately. From the FBI cracking a terrorist’s iPhone to WhatsApp’s implementation of additional encryption, it seems like data privacy horror stories are everywhere. Now Microsoft is joining in the fight. The company just filed a suit against the US Government. Microsoft claims the government has violated the Constitution of the United States. Allegdely, the government prevented Microsoft from notifying their customers about government requests for personal information.

Microsoft states they’ve received 5624 legal orders to disclose information including users’ emails and personal documents in the last 18 months. All of the data was stored in the cloud and not local hard drives (as was the case in the recent Apple/FBI battle). The vast majority of these requests were focused on individuals and not companies. Furthermore, Microsoft says they were told they could not inform the individuals of the requests for their data. The company has filed the suit claiming the government has violated its own Constitutional freedoms.

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