Thursday, February 9, 2017

Court backs Microsoft suit over surveillance gag orders

A federal judge currently in the spotlight for blocking President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries is now questioning the constitutionality of secrecy orders that accompany government surveillance demands.

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart issued a 47-page opinion Thursday allowing Microsoft to proceed with a lawsuit claiming a First Amendment violation when the government restricts internet providers from notifying subscribers about requests for their data.

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