BP #12 Microsoft Sues U.S. Over Orders Barring It From Revealing Surveillance

We all want to keep things private no matter what it is or what it may come to. We live in a society that adheres to what congress has made up in their documents. By valuing what our founding fathers have brought upon our states we all try to follow what our amendments offer and say to us. When taking a look at some of the big named companies in this country, such as Apple, Microsoft and Google, we think about the massive amounts of power they all have. A lot of the secrecy behind these companies isn’t shown to the people and it is hidden behind a curtain that only the top level CEO’s know about.

In any case, Microsoft is now suing the Justice Department for using a frequent amount of secrecy orders that prevent the company from telling people when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails. This line that has been crossed has implicated some of the top office officials that this is violating the Fourth Amendment. The right of its customers to know if the government searches or seizes their property also breaches the companies First Amendment right to speak to its customers.

“The increase in government demands for online data and the simultaneous increase in secrecy have combined to undermine confidence in the privacy of the cloud and have impaired Microsoft’s right to be transparent with its customers, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment.”

Microsoft has drawn a lot of attention to a lot of legal issues that have come about in a lot of different tech companies as a lot of these companies are moving their customers to so-called cloud-computing systems. This change in technology and the privacy and storage of information has allowed for tech companies to gain influence on its customers as well.

The deception of concealing information from certain people and companies that aren’t aware of what is being passed along, co-exists and relates to caveat emptor. By withholding information that may or may not be malicious to the viewer, it strongly suggests some sort of judgment to be the outcome. This stance is strongly taken by how, when and where information is passed and who can see it. In being rational and figuring how we can keep the information that we process secure to only ourselves, the outcome can benefit rather than defeat us. By strongly and intentionally saying and doing something that may put someone else in harm offers an implication that doesn’t lead to promising events. This is something we can all learn from and lead in our lives.


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