Microsoft Calls For Limits On Gov’t Access To Consumer Data

Law360 (September 12, 2018, 8:25 PM EDT) -- Microsoft has called for international agreements to protect consumer privacy and standardize law enforcement’s access to evidence, in an announcement that attorneys say, although constructive, raises more questions about how service providers will deal with international data grabs.

In a blog post, Microsoft Corp.’s president Brad Smith published six principles he thinks should govern the process by which law enforcement agencies can get access to consumers' data. Among them are the right to notice, review from independent judicial authorities and mechanisms for resolving conflict with foreign governments' laws.

The announcement comes in the wake of newly enacted federal legislation that permits...

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