Analysis

'Gag Order' Policy Change Shows Tech Industry's Rising Clout

Law360, New York (October 24, 2017, 10:02 PM EDT) -- Microsoft said Monday it will soon drop a lawsuit challenging the government's practice of indefinitely barring internet service providers from telling users about data warrants after the U.S. Department of Justice instituted a policy change to limit such gag orders, a move that attorneys say demonstrates the growing influence tech companies have on law enforcement's data-gathering efforts.

Since April 2016, Microsoft and the DOJ have been sparring over the constitutionality of a provision of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that bars service providers, frequently for an indefinite period of time, from telling customers about the existence of warrants for their email...

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