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Microsoft and Google to Sue the U.S. Government

Google and Microsoft form an unlikely alliance against the U.S government. How will it go?

Many tech giants, including Microsoft and Google, signed up for an alliance requesting that the U.S. government give them more understanding when it comes to sharing the details and personal information of online citizens. This of course was back in July, and it's no surprise that today Google and Microsoft have decided to push forward with suing the U.S. government.

What sparked this move?

Many allegations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden have led to concerns about how social media companies like Facebook, and tech companies like Microsoft hand over their data. This could also be caused by reports about the government using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to gain documents and information.

Microsoft wasn't very happy finding out that they'd be receiving a report from the government with the requests each year from the FISA. Brad Smith, spokesperson for Microsoft on their company blog stated that,

"The government’s decision represents a good start, but the public deserves and the Constitution guarantees more than this first step."

Both Google and Microsoft believe they should be able to choose what information is given to the government under their rights with the U.S Constitution. They did agree to six deadline extensions with talks including the government but they've resulted in failure.

This is much different than the normal Google and Microsoft we're accustomed to. For once the duo is working together instead of against one another. How long will it last?


What do you think about this? Do Google and Microsoft have the right to decline requests of the U.S government?

Published Aug. 31st 2013
  • MyNameIsProjekt
    Columnist
    Not sure how long this alliance between Google and Microsoft will last, but I do like that they are taking a stand against government interference. I understand the U.S. government wants to know about what people are doing online, etc., but requiring companies to turn over reports about their customers is a little extreme.

    I hate talking politics because it can get very heated/passionate very quickly, but this is definitely a topic worth keeping an eye out for. Not sure how Google or Microsoft will handle this potential lawsuit but they both definitely have the necessary funds to put up a good fight.
  • Courtney Gamache
    Featured Contributor
    I honestly don't like politics much either, or government issues but this is actually a really crazy thought. Like, they're starting to rely on companies like Microsoft and Google to turn over information about their customers.

    I'm proud of them for working together, but i bet it wont last too long. :P

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