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Microsoft deluged with support in its email privacy battle against US government

Microsoft deluged with support in its email privacy battle against DOJ

75 amicus briefs show the industry's fierce belief that the US is overreaching in its demands to get email off an Irish server.

Microsoft: US would be outraged if another nation ransacked its servers

Microsoft: US would be outraged if another nation ransacked its servers

That's exactly what the US is doing, Microsoft says: trying to sidestep international law by demanding a customer's email from servers in another country.

Your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds, says US judge

US judge: your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds

A New York court on Thursday opened up our entire Gmail accounts to feds or cops with warrants, in spite of two recent decisions that went against similar requests.

Facebook's facing a losing battle to protect users' privacy

Facebook's facing a losing battle to protect users' privacy

Last year, prosecutors in Manhattan held Facebook up by the ankles and shook out personal data on 381 users. A judge last week said that it's up to the targeted users to complain about privacy invasion, not data-repository Facebook. But how are they supposed to stand up for their rights if they're never told about the sealed warrants to begin with?

ACLU: Cops should have a tougher time sucking up 7 months of mobile phone data

ACLU: Cops should have a tougher time sucking up 7 months of mobile phone data

The ACLU joined other legal activist groups to file a brief in what they call a potentially pivotal case in determining whether the government needs a warrant to track our mobile phones.

Feds snooping on email activity and social networks, without warrants - and it's on the rise

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Documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday show that law enforcement agencies in the U.S. have greatly increased surveillance of Americans’ electronic communications – often without a warrant or judicial oversight.