“Apple Inc., Google and Amazon.com Inc. were among the tech leaders that rallied behind Microsoft Corp. in its battle to stop the U.S. government from conducting so-called sneak-and-peek searches of customer e-mails,” Kartikay Mehrotra and Dina Bass report for Bloomberg. “Microsoft and its supporters argue the very future of mobile and cloud computing is at stake if customers can’t trust that their data will remain private. A group of 11 technology firms including Google said Friday in its court filing that the federal law allowing the searches goes ‘far beyond any necessary limits’ while infringing users’ fundamental rights.”

“Delta Air Lines Inc. and BP America Inc. along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other businesses also asked to join the case in support of Microsoft, saying the benefits of cloud computing won’t be realized if privacy rights aren’t protected against government surveillance,” Mehrotra and Bass report. “The Justice Department, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and their backers, defend the searches, saying they need digital tools to help fight increasingly sophisticated criminals and terrorists who are savvy at using technology to communicate and hide their tracks.”

Mehrotra and Bass report, “Apple said in its filing that the frequency and volume of the government’s use of the gag orders are ‘virtually unlimited in practice because their endpoint is unclear.’ In 2016, Apple said it has received almost 600 gag orders.”

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