Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Nadella Sheds Light On Suing The U.S. Government
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently used the U.S. Department of Justice over secret data demands. The move surprised many, but it also raised a fundamental question in the debate of balancing between privacy and public safety.
Governments around the world request technology companies to turn over data to help them carry out national security investigations. It is a practice that has been going on for some time and technology companies these days report various data requests they receive from governments. But Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) thinks the practice of forcing companies to turn over customer data secretly has to stop, at least, in the U.S.
According to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, it is unconstitutional for the U.S. government to want to access customer data and them bar companies that hold that data from revealing to those customers what happened in their accounts. Microsoft has been one of the companies that file transparency report, which details how many data requests it received from the government and how many of those requests it complied with or declined. However, it has come to a point when Microsoft now says that the government is violating the constitution by seeking to access people’s data secretly.
Why Microsoft made the surprise move
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Nadella recently explained to a tech gathering why his company decided to take Uncle Sam to court. He said that Microsoft wants to protect the privacy of its users because it has committed to do that and it is not ready to back down from the promise. That being the case, Microsoft is rolling up its sleeves to prevent government’s secret access to user accounts.
According to Nadella, the law provides for the government to get a proper balance between security and public safety.
An example to the world
Given the position of the U.S., Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) believes that the country can seize the moment on the issue of privacy and national security to show direct to other democracies. In other words, Nadella believes that if the U.S. gets its privacy and public safety act together, the problems that tech companies are facing in other countries regarding secret data requests will end.
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