Verizon, for instance, says it plans to soon release a Transparency Report that details law enforcement requests for its customer data.
Government snooping could constitute an "advanced persistent threat" alongside sophisticated malware and cyberattacks," Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith wrote in a blog post in December.
Except in the most limited circumstances, Microsoft will fight government attempts to get customer data from the cloud, Smith said. "We believe that government agencies can go directly to business customers or government customers for information or data about one of their employees - just as they did before these customers moved to the cloud."
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