Brad Smith

Jan 19, 2018 | Brad Smith | Microsoft’s Search Warrant Case

Something extraordinary happened in Washington, D.C., yesterday

Something extraordinary happened in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Members of Congress took the same position as members of the European Parliament. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce approvingly quoted a statement by the European Commission. Business groups and big companies agreed with consumer and privacy advocates. Faculty from Harvard joined with professors from Princeton. Professors from Duke...

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Oct 24, 2017 | Brad Smith | Microsoft's Secrecy Order Lawsuit

DOJ acts to curb the overuse of secrecy orders. Now it’s Congress’ turn.

Today marks another important step in ensuring that people’s privacy rights are protected when they store their personal information in the cloud. In response to concerns that Microsoft raised in a lawsuit we brought against the U.S. government in April 2016, and after months advocating for the United States Department of Justice to change its practices, the...

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Oct 16, 2017 | Brad Smith | Microsoft’s Search Warrant Case

US Supreme Court will hear petition to review Microsoft search warrant case while momentum to modernize the law continues in Congress

In July 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with Microsoft that U.S. federal or state law enforcement cannot use traditional search warrants to seize emails of citizens of foreign countries that are located in data centers outside the United States.  Today, the Supreme Court granted the Department of Justice’s petition to...

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Jun 15, 2017 | Brad SmithReforming Laws | Microsoft’s Search Warrant Case

Modern digital data laws that balance law enforcement needs with privacy can create a model for the world

A consensus is emerging among technology companies, civil society, judges, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders on the need to modernize our country’s antiquated digital data laws. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) – enacted nearly 31 years ago – was written at a time when American industry’s technology, customer base and infrastructure were largely...

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Mar 3, 2016 | Brad Smith | Apple Amicus Brief

Our legal brief in support of Apple

Today, Microsoft joined with a number of other leading technology companies to file a legal brief in support of Apple, as the company fights an FBI request to unlock an encrypted iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters in the terrible act of terrorism that took place in December in San Bernardino.

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Feb 25, 2016 | Brad Smith | Apple Amicus Brief

Brad Smith addresses Apple case

Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, responds to a question regarding a legal case between Apple and the U.S. government as part of testimony before a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing titled International Conflicts of Law Concerning Cross Border Data Flow and Law Enforcement Requests.

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