August 30, 2013
Microsoft, Google and other major U.S. technology companies fighting to reveal more detail about the surveillance demands by U.S. intelligence say negotiations with the government have not reached an agreement â€śacceptable to all.â€ť
In a blog post Friday, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said the talks recently broke down and Microsoft planned to move forward with the lawsuit filed this summer.
Technology companies are on the defensive after damaging revelations that they turn over users’ data to the National Security Agency’s secret Internet surveillance program. They deny they gave the U.S. government special access to their servers or complied with broad requests for users’ information and communications.