Microsoft Sues U.S. Government Over Users’ Privacy
(SAN FRANCISCO)— Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that lets authorities examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge.
The lawsuit comes as the tech industry butts heads with U.S. officials over the privacy rights of customers.
Microsoft says the U.S. is abusing a decades-old law that allows a court to order the company to turn over email or other customer files that are stored on its servers, while prohibiting Microsoft from notifying the customer. The company says that violates constitutional rights of free speech and protection against unreasonable searches.