Microsoft Settles Lawsuit After DOJ Vows To Rein In Gag Orders


Last year, Microsoft launched a lawsuit against the U.S. government because the Department of Justice (DOJ) was too often handing the company gag orders for indefinite amounts of time whenever it was making a data request.

The practice had gotten so widespread that almost two-thirds of data requests the government was making of Microsoft were accompanied by gag orders. Microsoft receives thousands of data requests from the U.S. government each year, so having so many secret orders seems at least unusual. After all, there are only so many national security investigations that can happen in a given year, and gag orders are supposed to be used primarily in national security investigations.

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