Microsoft v. United States (2016 lawsuit)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Microsoft v. United States)
Jump to: navigation, search
Microsoft v. United States
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Full case name Microsoft Corporation v. The United States Department of Justice, and Loretta Lynch, in her official capacity as Attorney General of the United States
Plaintiff(s) Microsoft
Defendant(s) United States Department of Justice, Loretta Lynch
Search warrant, electronic surveillance

Microsoft Corporation v. United States of America is a complaint[1] for declaratory judgment action filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington.


Microsoft alleges that it has the right to inform customers when the United States government obtains a warrant to read their emails or access their information in the cloud.[2] The company alleges that it is unconstitutional “to force the company to remain silent and not inform customers when their cloud data has been searched or inspected by authorities.”[3]


  1. ^ Complaint, Microsoft v. United States, Case No. 2:16-cv-00538 (filed 2014-04-14, W.D. Wash.).
  2. ^ Lohr, Steve (2016-04-14). "Microsoft Sues U.S. Over Orders Barring It From Revealing Surveillance". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  3. ^ Welch, Chris. "Microsoft sues US government over 'unconstitutional' cloud data searches". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-04-14.