Microsoft Sues Justice Dep't Over Secrecy Orders for Email Warrants

Microsoft is suing the Justice Department, challenging its frequent use of secrecy orders that prevent Microsoft from telling people when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails. In its suit, filed in Federal District Court in Seattle, Microsoft’s home turf, the company asserts that the gag order statute in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 -- as employed today by federal prosecutors and the courts -- is unconstitutional.