The Justice Department has also subpoenaed Microsoft to gain access to the congressman’s email account
Donald Trump’s Justice Department has also subpoenaed Microsoft to access the congressman’s email account in an effort to expose the leaker, the tech giant reveals a day after DoJ’s demands were revealed to Apple.
- Microsoft said in a statement to The New York Times that the company received a subpoena in 2017 regarding a personal email account.
- The company later discovered that the person was a congressman
- Microsoft’s disclosure comes after it was revealed that Apple had received a grand jury subpoena to confiscate the communications records of at least two congressmen
- Like Apple, Microsoft was under a gag order to keep the subpoena secret and recently informed the customer that their data had been transferred
Donald Trump’s Justice Department has secretly subpoenaed Microsoft to access a congressional employee’s email account in an attempt to disclose the leaked classified information to the press.
Microsoft’s disclosure comes after it became known that Apple had received a grand jury subpoena to seize the communications records of at least two members of Congress and members of the press.
Microsoft said in a statement to The New York Times that the company received a subpoena in 2017 regarding a personal email account, and later learned that the person was a congressional employee.
Like Apple, Microsoft was under a gag order to keep the subpoena secret and recently informed customers that their data had been transferred after the gag order expired, the outlet reported.
“We will continue to aggressively seek reforms that put reasonable limits on government secrecy in cases like this,” Microsoft said in the statement.
DailyMail.com has contacted Microsoft for more information and additional comments.
Donald Trump’s Justice Department has secretly subpoenaed Microsoft to access a congressional employee’s email account in an attempt to disclose the leaked classified information to the press. In the photo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Apple revealed in a statement to DailyMail.com that the subpoena it received “did not provide any information about the nature of the investigation” after the company unknowingly handed over data related to Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell.
“We regularly challenge warrants, subpoenas and nondisclosure orders and have made it our policy to notify affected customers of government requests as soon as possible,” an Apple spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
The company said the subpoena was issued by a federal grand jury and contained a nondisclosure order signed by a federal magistrate.
‘[The subpoena] did not provide information on the nature of the investigation and it would have been virtually impossible for Apple to understand the intent of the information sought without searching users’ accounts,” the spokesperson said.
“In accordance with the request, Apple has limited the information provided to information about account subscribers and has not provided content such as emails or photos.”
Apple received the federal grand jury subpoena on February 6, 2018, requesting “customer or subscriber account information” attached to the nondisclosure warrant.
Prosecutors sought a total of 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, in a large and seemingly random request similar to others frequently received by tech giants, including Apple.
The gag order was extended three times under the Trump administration, but was not renewed by the Justice Department of the Biden administration. The company finally notified affected customers on May 5.
The House Intelligence Committee then contacted Apple, and the company confirmed it had received the subpoena and directed lawmakers to contact the Department of Justice.
The tech giant has recently discussed how it is responding to such broad subpoenas and has begun to limit its legal requests to just 25 identifiers. If a gag order is not in effect, Apple typically promptly informs customers of subpoenas.