Brad Smith

Feb 25, 2016 | Brad Smith | Apple Amicus Brief|

Microsoft Backs Apple in FBI Battle

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said at a congressional hearing on Thursday that his company "wholeheartedly" supports Apple's refusal to assist the FBI in unlocking a terrorist's iPhone. “We at Microsoft support Apple and will be filing an amicus brief next week,” he said.

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Aug 27, 2015 | Brad Smith | Microsoft’s Search Warrant Case|

Do Local Laws Belong In a Global Cloud? Part Two of a Q&A with Brad Smith of Microsoft

This is the second part of my Q&A with Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith over the company’s legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice over e-mails stored in Ireland. The case raises important questions with respect to the privacy of digital communications and the future of cloud computing.

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Aug 26, 2015 | Brad Smith | Microsoft’s Search Warrant Case|

Do Local Laws Belong In a Global Cloud? Q&A with Brad Smith of Microsoft (Part One)

In light of the significance of this case for U.S. consumers and businesses, and the impact that its outcome could have on the privacy of digital communications, Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, took the time to answer some questions regarding the case and what its outcome might mean.

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Aug 18, 2015 | Brad Smith |

Who Owns Your Email? An Interview With Brad Smith, General Counsel Of Microsoft

Where is your data? We talk about “the cloud” as if it’s something mystical or unfathomable, but that data is stored in a real place. I suppose calling it “the cloud” is catchier than “offsite server,” but that’s really all that it means. Every Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, and AOL e-mail is saved in some temperature-controlled, secure data center somewhere in the world.

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Jul 31, 2014 | Brad Smith | Microsoft’s Search Warrant Case

Microsoft responds to ruling in warrant case

Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith provided the following response to a federal court ruling in New York today, in the company’s ongoing case challenging a U.S. government warrant for customer data stored in Dublin, Ireland:</br> </br>“The only issue that was certain this morning was that the District Court’s decision would not represent the final step in this process. We will appeal promptly and continue to advocate that people’s email deserves strong privacy protection in the U.S. and around the world.”

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Jun 29, 2014 | Brad Smith | Microsoft’s Search Warrant Case

WSJ opinion by Brad Smith: we’re fighting the feds over your email

Today The Wall Street Journal published a column by Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith explaining why Microsoft is opposing the U.S. government’s demand for a customer’s email stored in Dublin, Ireland. As Smith writes, "This dispute should be important to you if you use email, because it could well turn on who owns your email—you or the company that stores it in the cloud."

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Feb 3, 2014 | Brad Smith | Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Transparency Case

Providing additional transparency on U.S. government requests for customer data

Today we are updating our transparency reporting to provide new information relating to governmental demands for customer data. Beginning last summer, Microsoft, Google, and other companies filed lawsuits against the U.S. government arguing that we have a legal and constitutional right to disclose more detailed information about these demands. We contended that we should be able to disclose information about legal orders issued pursuant to U.S. national security laws such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which we had previously been barred from disclosing.

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