(Reuters) – The United States must grant the same legal protection for user data held on technology companies' servers as for physical files stored in personal filing cabinets, media attorneys and lawmakers said Wednesday.
Witnesses spoke at a hearing about whether the US government is overusing the secret mood power in a way that harms US Internet users. The procedure follows revelations that former President Donald Trump's US Department of Justice secretly sought telephone numbers from journalists and Democratic representatives to investigate leaks of classified material. practices of secretly suing cloud service providers – companies such as Microsoft, Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC ̵
US Representative Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, said the tactic was "a run-down to the protection that the Fourth Amendment is intended to give all Americans."
Hearst Corp .: General Counsel, Eve Burton, spoke to many witnesses when she told the House Judiciary Committee that "the same protection must apply whether the information is sought in an office file or on a cloud server nationwide or worldwide."
That call was warmly received. from legislators from both sides of the aisle.
Representative Tom McClintock, a Republican in California, said that this type of surveillance in the United States was "contrary to its most basic law."
The only representative of the technology industry at the hearing, Microsoft CEO Tom Burt, said that over the past five years, his company had received 2,400 to 3,500 confidentiality decisions a year and that U.S. courts provided little through meaningful oversight. [1 9659002] "Suppliers, such as Microsoft, regularly receive boilerplate privacy orders that are not supported by any meaningful legal or factual analysis," Burt told lawmakers. "Many of these decisions would never have been approved by the courts." Law enforcement targets Americans' e-mails, text messages, and other sensitive information stored in the cloud.