Microsoft filed a case against U. S. Department of Justice while federal agents asked the company to provide digital information of the users. Microsoft asserted it will not provide any information out of clients’ sight. It also said the only way to provide information was with the clients’ permission. Recently, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, and other dozens of similar companies stood with Microsoft.
In the filed case, Microsoft complained that federal agents asked Microsoft to give information of 5,624 clients within last 18 months, where 2 thousand 576 were the gag order. This special type of order known as gag order means companies are to provide information secretly. Companies cannot tell its users that government is demanding their information. The government wants to keep it a secret from the users that it is taking the information.
On this legal protest, cloud computing companies like BP America Incorporation, Delta Airlines Incorporation, and Eli Lilly and Company are supporting Microsoft. There are media platforms endorsing Microsoft’s movement as well. The mentionable medias are Washington Post, Fox News Network, and National Public Radio.
In the meantime, in the first 7 months of the current year Yahoo also encountered more than 700 federal search warrants of the users’ information.
However, such harmony of the tech giants is not something new. Prior to this time, in February of this year, Apple also faced a problem with U.S. Department of Justice. That time Microsoft, Facebook, and Google vouched for Apple.