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Microsoft challenges federal court order on the ‘sneak and peek’ searches

A FILE PHOTO of The Microsoft mark is displayed at the top of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA, October 19,2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – Microsoft (MSFT.(O) said on Wednesday it was in defiance of a federal judge’s order that prevents the software from the originator of the information is one of the major corporate customers, the US government has a warrant of arrest for the personal information of the customer.

“We have challenged the order of the lower court, and we will pursue an appeal to the court of justice, if need be,” said Dev Stahlkopf, Microsoft’s general counsel, said in a blog post. (a little bit.m/2lQsVeX)

The warrants, which is called “sneak-and-peek”, does not require that the subject of a federal investigation, to be told that the AMERICAN government has been urged to keep their data safe.

By 2016, the Microsoft, with the support of the other technology giants such as Apple Inc’s (AAPL.And Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.(O), had called on the government about this practice.

Stahlkopf said, Microsoft has a limited amount of information on this specific case, but said that the customer had many thousands of workers.

“On the basis of the limited information that is available to us, and in this case, we feel that the secrecy to be over-drawn and in a battle with the U.S. government, the policy of confidentiality orders should be narrowly tailored,” Stahlkopf said.

Report by Bharath Manjesh, Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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