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UW CSE’s Ed Lazowska leads academic amici supporting Microsoft in key privacy case

video clipMicrosoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith writes:

“Today represents an important milestone in our litigation concerning the U.S. Government’s attempt to use a search warrant to compel Microsoft to obtain and turn over email of a customer stored in Ireland. That’s because 10 groups are filing their ‘friend of the court’ briefs in New York today.

“Seldom has a case below the Supreme Court attracted the breadth and depth of legal involvement we’re seeing today. Today’s ten briefs are signed by 28 leading technology and media companies, 35 leading computer scientists, and 23 trade associations and advocacy organizations that together represent millions of members on both sides of the Atlantic.”

UW CSE’s Ed Lazowska led the 35 academic amici in the case, working with attorneys from Klarquist in Portland OR.

A video in which Lazowska explains the thrust of the academic amici’s argument is here.

The academic amici’s brief is here.  A list of all amici – academic and other – is here.

The Microsoft News website with a variety of background material is here.