Microsoft sues the DOJ because it wants to turn government requests for user data transparent

The Federal Department of Justice is making it to the tech news headlines again, but this time it's Microsoft on the other side of the conflict, not Apple. The house that Windows built is suing the DOJ for not letting Microsoft inform customers when authorities have requested access to their personal data, claiming the practice is "unconstitutional".

The company came up with public statistics showing the extent of its dealings with the DOJ. Between September 2014 and March 2016, there law has made 5,624 requests for customer data, sourced from the Office 365 suite and other services. Nearly half of them were "secrecy orders", which means Microsoft was not allowed to inform customers or any other parties about the intrusion. Moreover, a hefty number of these banned Redmond from ever letting customers know about the DOJ's attempts.

Microsoft is filling the lawsuit on the ground that the constitution gives its customers have the right to know about the government's requests for user data, and that the company has the right to let them know as well. Yet, courts can get away with ordering Redmond to keep quiet about DOJ intrusions on the basis that disclosure could hinder an investigation.

What's passed of the first half of 2016 so far has been marked by a high-profile conversation about the American government's attempts into digging inside user data that technological companies are adamant about keeping private, or at the very least, making attempts at investigation more transparent. Now that the conflict dust between Apple and the DOJ has settled a bit, it will be up to Microsoft to start the next movement for change. It will be interesting to see how far the conversation will reach in scope and actual results when more technological companies eventually join in.

via Business Insider



1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Good Going MS. Hope they win.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope Google, Apple and the other companies support MS on this

2. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I think the title should be changed. It makes look like that DOJ wants the transparency

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012


13. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

The DOJ has been hot on tech sites lately.

14. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

The DOJ has been hot on tech sites lately.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Microsoft caring for its users has gotta be a joke of the century. I'd say they are just a bunch of attention seekers.

6. iWinAndroBerry unregistered

Why does Microsoft need attention?

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Like any other big tech company. They're actually suing the DOJ , and what did Samsung do about the situation other than speak against them in public? So , who's the bigger attention seeker here??

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. Why bring Samsung in this ? 2. Even if you did, when did Samsung 'speak against them in public' ? 3. Even if Samsung just mouthed off instead of doing anything. That doesn't make MS any less of an attention seeker. 4. Also, if you follow the issue closely the problem is more of the OS then it is of an OEM like Samsung. Did you ask the question why only now they decided go after DOJ in all these years ? Their track record show they don't care much about their users. So if all of a sudden they decided to do something for their users it is something that raises red flag in my book.

15. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

1) Because you deny that Samsung was attention seeking when they sided with Apple MS isn't just speaking out, they're acting on it unlike Samsung who were just talking. Is that not pure attention seeking? They have the right to sue. In fact, ms didn't even speak about it in public, they straight on sued the organisation but it ended up on tech sites. What's so attention-seeking about that? So that doesn't make MS more of an attention seeker. And as mentioned, MS isn't the only large tech company that "don't care much about their users" when it comes to privacy - if that's what you're on about

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So you don't have proof of Samsung 'speaking against them in public'? Thought so.... 'Because you deny that Samsung was attention seeking....' - Can you give me a link on which article I said so ? Again, you're stupidly fixated on Samsung which has nothing to do with this article or this issue at all. Lastly, I never mentioned when it comes to privacy. I meant in general. MS is called evil empire for a reason. Just Bing it !

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012 Where's the "attention seeking" comment from you? I'm not saying they're attention seekers, all I'm saying is that in this situation ms isn't more of an attention seeker than Samsung is I've searched for it and the results were interesting...apart from their behavior in the 90s, you'll see results mentioning Apple and Google being the new evil empire

11. ananthu07 unregistered

typical fanboy detected: Apple does it, "It's awesome" Microsoft (or anyone else) does it,"bunch of attention seekers". GTFO

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Kinda funny, it's as if he's pissed off by the idea of billions of users being notified of what data the doj collects.

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Again, stop assuming things. I never said anything like that. I am merely saying MS is an attention seeker. I never said what they were doing was wrong. I insinuated that whatever MS is doing is for their own good and not for their users which is quite evident looking at MS's history.

8. IamNoTechie

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

I send this tip to PA , And thanks a lot for not mentioning me :)

19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Welcome to PA.

9. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Lmao. When I upgraded to Windows 10, I disconnected and turned off practically everything that would send data to Microsoft because of this. Crash reports, improvement reports, linking to my Microsoft account, Cortana. This is honestly a joke... 5,624 request? Microsoft had a change of heart because of Apple?

12. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Nope. Maybe DOJ wants all these data. I used the AntiSpyBot to disable everything.

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