Brad Smith

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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Sep 12, 2017 | Brad SmithReforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

ICPA: Momentum to modernize outdated data law builds in Congress

Today marks another important step in the building momentum for legislation to clarify how U.S. warrants for digital information apply domestically and abroad. The International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) has now been introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Doug Collins (R-Georgia), Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York), Darrell Issa (R-California) and Suzan DelBene (D-Washington). ICPA was...

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Sep 12, 2017 | Brad SmithReforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Reps. Collins, Jeffries, Issa and DelBene introduce House version of the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Today, Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY),) Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This follows Senator Orrin Hatch’s introduction of ICPA in the Senate in July. More information about today’s introduction is available here. Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer...

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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Jul 31, 2016 | Brad SmithReforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

ICPA: A much-needed legislative path to modernize outdated digital data laws

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Christopher Coons (D-Delaware), and Dean Heller (R-Nevada) introduced legislation that would clarify how U.S. warrants for digital information apply in the U.S. and abroad. The International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) updates antiquated data laws to better meet the needs of law enforcement, while protecting people’s privacy rights. In today’s fast-moving digital...

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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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