Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday April 14, 2016

Microsoft Sues Justice Department Over Secret Customer Data Searches

According to a lawsuit filed by Microsoft, not only does the Justice Department search customer's data stored in the cloud, the feds also issue indefinite gag orders that block the company from telling you. While the searches themselves are legal, Microsoft believes the gag orders barring it from telling its customers are unconstitutional.

The suit, filed in the federal court here, raises a fundamental question about the cloud computing era: Can the government force technology companies to remain silent about when and how federal agents search their customers’ data? Individuals would know if their home or hard drive were searched by investigators, but investigators now have the abilityآ—and are using it in thousands of casesآ—to keep secret their searches of data stored on the cloud.