For years, the US Justice Department has been issuing secret requests for customers’ personal data to various companies. In the past 18 months, Microsoft alone has been forced to turn over information in 2,576 cases. These requests have always been secret; not even Microsoft or the other companies involved have been allowed to acknowledge receiving such requests.
Microsoft now is fighting back, saying that the gag orders are unconstitutional and in breach of the First Amendment, which “guarantees our right to talk to customers about how government action is affecting their data.”
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