Friday, 23 May 2014

Microsoft challenged an FBI gag order and won

Late last year, Microsoft got a request from the FBI, a national security letter asking for data from one of the company's enterprise customers. Someone paying for Microsoft server time had an interesting user, and the feds wanted to know more about that user. Even worse, they wanted to do it without letting the service know. The letter came with a gag order, preventing Microsoft from saying anything about it. And like all national security letters, it hadn't been approved by any court.
The letter hadn't been approved by any court
Typically, those requests go through without much trouble — but Microsoft has a standing policy against this kind gag order, and it decided to take the FBI to court, claiming the gag order violated the...
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