Microsoft sues U.S. government over consumer privacy

CNN: Microsoft filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Department of Justice over customer data privacy.

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The company accuses the federal government of adopting a widespread, unconstitutional policy of looking through Microsoft customers’ data — and forcing the company to keep quiet about it, sometimes forever.

Over the past 18 months, federal judges have approved 2,600 secret searches of Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) customers, according to the company. And in two-thirds of those cases, Microsoft can’t even notify their customers that they’ve been searched — ever — because there’s no expiration date on these judicial orders.

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