Microsoft: Government’s data gag order practices worse than first thought

Microsoft has significantly upped the tally of U.S. government gag orders slapped on demands for customer information, according to court documents filed last week.

In a revised complaint submitted to a Seattle federal court last Friday, Microsoft said that more than half of all government data demands were bound by a secrecy order that prevented the company from telling customers of its cloud-based services that authorities had asked it to hand over their information.

The original complaint — the first round in a lawsuit Microsoft filed in April against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Loretta Lynch — had pegged the number of data demands during the past 18 months at 5,624. Of those, 2,576, or 46%, were tagged with secrecy orders that prevented Microsoft from telling customers it had been compelled to give up their information.

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Ashley Madison gets worse and worse and WORSE

The Ashley Madison hack continues to make headlines. Naturally, that’s because the news keeps getting worse and worse. And worse.

Worse for website owners Avid Media Group, sure. But worse for the real victims, more importantly — the millions of people named in the hacked data dump, and their families.

Prurient interest notwithstanding, there’s still plenty to say about this uncomfortable event. And no shortage of intelligent commentators to say it.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers furiously smh. Not to mention: 10 million ARM cores = Tim Man’s dream?

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