Microsoft drops Lawsuit after the Department of Justice changed it’s data request rules on “alerting” web users (you and me) about U.S agencies accessing their information?
I frequently browse Google Trends to see whats happening in the world. It’s more on the pulse than your average news feed, mainly because it focuses on what people are reading. This particular story today was odd, it’s trending graph was a flat line. I’ve never seen that before, I’m sure it happens, but it’s a first for me. I found myself asking the questions… “Why was it in Google trends listings if it wasn’t getting traction? Was it a glitch?”
Obviously, I click the link!
The news story was posted on Reuters and talked about how Microsoft dropped a lawsuit against the U.S government after the DOJ announced a new policy which “limits” the use of secrecy orders, which now will be for defined periods. Microsoft believes this will put an end to the practice of indefinite secrecy orders.
As you’re probably aware, this all kicked-off back in 2016 when Microsoft got a little pissed off with the U.S. government for violating the constitution by preventing them from informing their customers about government requests for their emails and other documents (Fourth Amendment – First Amendment). So I have to tip my hat to you Microsoft! Good for you for standing up for your clients!
Brad Smith from Microsoft said that now secrecy order requests are…
“Carefully and specifically tailored to the facts in the case.” “This is an important step for both privacy and free expression. It is an unequivocal win for our customers, and we’re pleased the DOJ (Department of Justice) has taken these steps to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.”
Microsoft is now preparing for another action by renewing its call to Congress for the amendment of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which was adopted in 1986.
A Quote From The Article:
“Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation.
Government lawyers argued the lower court ruling threatened national security and public safety.”
Will this slow, stop or make people more aware of illegal spying? Who knows?!
Just a quick thought… Has anyone watch the true story of Edward Snowden? Doesn’t the U.S have a software that bypasses all the red-tape? Is this story linked in someway to it? Does anyone know?
Anyway, here’s the links:
- Reuters: Microsoft to drop lawsuit after U.S. government revises data request rules.
- Microsoft: DOJ acts to curb the overuse of secrecy orders. Now it’s Congress’ turn.
- Reuters: Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests.
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