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Goliath v Goliath

A Microsoft Corp lawsuit aimed at striking down a law preventing companies from telling customers the government is seeking access to their data has been joined by a number of heavy hitters including: the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Delta Air Lines Inc, BP America, the Washington Post, Fox News, the National Newspaper Association, Apple, Google, Amazon and others.

Microsoft maintains that the law – which allows the government to seize data located on third party computers, without the targets’ permission, or even notice – is unconstitutional.

The Department of Justice argues that Microsoft has no standing to bring the case and that the public has “a compelling interest in keeping criminal investigations confidential”. It also maintains that procedural safeguards are in place to protect constitutional rights.

Link: Fortune