The Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information. Yes, Big Brother is spying on you and on me and is not telling us when they do so. However, a new policy limits the use of secrecy orders and calls for such orders to be issued for defined periods.
Microsoft filed the lawsuit in April 2016 arguing that the U.S. government was violating the constitution by preventing the company from informing its customers about government requests for their emails and other documents. See reut.rs/2zLIjv0 for the details.
The suit argued that the government’s actions were in violation of the Fourth Amendment, which establishes the right for people and businesses to know if the government searches or seizes their property, and the company’s First Amendment right to free speech.