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Tech firms support Microsoft's case against US Justice Dept

Move is part of a growing resistance to government attempts to snoop on customers' electronic communications

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Microsoft says that secrecy orders violate the Fourth Amendment, which grants people and businesses the right to know if the government seizes or searches their property, along with the company's First Amendment right to communicate with its customers.

Seattle

DOZENS of allies threw their weight behind Microsoft last Friday in a case that challenges law enforcement's use of secrecy orders to cloak its pursuit of digital communications in investigations.

Amazon, Google, Snapchat, Salesforce and several others filed a brief on