Microsoft Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Government After Receiving 2,576 Demands to Secretly Access Customer Data in 18 Months

Microsoft Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Government After Receiving 2,576 Demands to Secretly Access Customer Data in 18 Months

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Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government after receiving over 2,500 requests to secretly access customer data in just 18 months. To make matters worse, the government demanded that Microsoft never tell customers their data was accessed by the government in a majority of cases.

The urgency for action is clear and growing. Over the past 18 months, the U.S. government has required that we maintain secrecy regarding 2,576 legal demands, effectively silencing Microsoft from speaking to customers about warrants or other legal process seeking their data. Notably and even surprisingly, 1,752 of these secrecy orders, or 68 percent of the total, contained no fixed end date at all. This means that we effectively are prohibited forever from telling our customers that the government has obtained their data.

Microsoft has attempted to fight many of these requests and the government's demand that it not inform customers. The government, in a recent situation, has tried to have the company held in contempt for resisting its request.

In the past, business servers were usually housed in a building own by the company and the government would need to give notice in order to enter the building. Now that companies are using cloud hosting, the government is using secrecy orders to get the data without the company or persons' knowledge.

This lawsuit comes just a day after it was revealed that Canadian Police have obtained BlackBerry's Global Decryption Key and have been using it for years to secretly access Pin to Pin BBMs.

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Microsoft Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Government After Receiving 2,576 Demands to Secretly Access Customer Data in 18 Months
? - April 17, 2016 at 11:47am
Yeah but they make up any old excuse to justify invasion of people's personal lives, to wage wars, etc etc etc. The leaks show it. Maybe sometimes it's honest and maybe the rest of the time it's dishonest; but who takes them to task, why is their privacy and ill deeds more deserving of cover up than anyone else's?
Footloose - April 17, 2016 at 5:05am
Your American government does little to inspire confidence in what I believe are a great people. Your government is bombarding organisations for access to information. Again no foul against lawbreakers, provided the interests of the individual is retained until they are proven guilty. This is the law and unfortunately some law breakers may be free because of the secure data. Most guilty persons can be caught using a raft of other forms of evidence, use those. "Beware of loud voices telling you this is for your own good" An observation those governments wanting data will got to extraordinary lengths to achieve their agendas regardless of individuals rights. Take care when considering these issues is all I ask!
TechnoGeek - April 17, 2016 at 5:16am
Your goverment? Thats okay, your goverment has been doing it forever and you think your safe. It's delusional for you to think it's just my goverment. BTW: It is our internet, our blog site and our effing technology that you are using. So troll off somewhere else with your Goverment BS as they could be looking at your trolling and laughing at your nonsense. lol
Stucky - April 15, 2016 at 10:05pm
Tech companies are filled with morons. Why in the world should someone who has child pornography or is involved in terrorism be notified that the police are requesting their data? So they can get rid of the evidence? The police get warrants because someone is doing something illegal and have to prove it in order to get that warrant - it's they only way. They can't just get one just because. No person's privacy is greater than the security of the country or world or the safety another person.
zed cru - April 15, 2016 at 11:20pm
It is often the people with the most to hide the most self righteous people that want to deny the right to free expression and speech It is not your right to side with Gestapo techniques my father fought against totalitarian regimes that touted the the greater good arrest with out due process, is this America does it not have a bill of rights that the actions of the police are in clear violation of Do you remember Watergate? Do know white wash? Larry Flint, and Donald Trump, I do not agree or dis agree but who are you to judge, how many of the orders were against non Americans and worse how many were against Americans KUDOS to APPLE FIGHT THE POWER
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