Microsoft challenges US federal judge’s order on ‘sneak and peek’ searches

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Microsoft said on Sept 24 it was challenging a federal judge’s order that prevents the software maker from informing one of its large corporate customers that the US government has issued a warrant for the customer’s data.


“We have challenged that order in the lower court, and we will pursue an appeal in the appellate court if necessary,” said Dev Stahlkopf, Microsoft’s general counsel said in a blogpost.

The warrants, called “sneak and peek”, do not require the subject of a federal inquiry to be informed that the US government has requested for their data.


In 2016, Microsoft, with backing from other technology giants such as Apple Inc and Inc, had sued the government over this practice.

Stahlkopf said Microsoft had limited information on this specific case, but said the customer had thousands of employees.

“Based on the limited information available to us in this case, we feel the secrecy order was too broadly drawn and is inconsistent with the US government’s policy that secrecy orders be narrowly tailored,” Stahlkopf said. The Star

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