Microsoft Faces Long Odds In Fight Against Gov't Gag Orders

By Allison Grande (April 15, 2016, 11:46 PM EDT) -- Microsoft faces an uphill battle in its fight to strike down the government's ability to prevent the service provider from telling its customers about law enforcement demands to access user data, but the company's argument that the government can't force it to keep customers in the dark forever may find some traction, attorneys say.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Microsoft Corp. urged a federal district court in Washington to find unconstitutional the government's purportedly broad use of Section 2705(b) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. That provision allows courts to bar service providers like Microsoft from telling customers about the existence of...

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