Judge Rejects U.S. Request for Gag Orders Against Tech Firms

A Brooklyn magistrate judge has rejected the Justice Department’s practice of getting gag orders against technology companies, saying federal agents should have to give a specific reason why customers of Facebook and other firms shouldn’t be told when the government searches their data. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein denied 15 separate government applications for gag orders against service providers, writing in a ruling that they lacked enough information for him to judge whether the secrecy was warranted.