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May 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Microsoft wins right to disclose info on its fight against a National Security Letter

Microsoft this week won a court battle to unseal documents related to the company’s successful fight against an FBI order for a customer’s data.

In short, the FBI had sent Microsoft a National Security Letter last year directing the company to provide basic subscriber information for one of its enterprise customers.

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July 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Microsoft calls on U.S. president, attorney general to let company divulge info on national security requests

Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel (Photo from Microsoft)

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel (Photo from Microsoft)

Microsoft joined other tech companies in calling on the U.S. government to let the company reveal more information about it handles national security requests for customer information.

In a letter today, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder or President Obama to get personally involved, saying “the Constitution itself is suffering.”

Smith detailed requests Microsoft had made to be allowed to divulge more information — requests that were either denied or is still being considered weeks after the request was made.”This opposition and these delays are serving poorly the public, the Government itself, and most importantly, the Constitutional principles that we all put first and foremost,” Smith said in the letter.

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