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Apple, Google Back Microsoft Over ‘Sneak-and-Peek’ Searches

  • Microsoft seeks to tell customers of government e-mail probes
  • Companies say future of cloud computing at stake in court case
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Apple Inc., Google and Inc. were among the tech leaders that rallied behind Microsoft Corp. in its battle to stop the U.S. government from conducting so-called sneak-and-peek searches of customer e-mails.

Microsoft and its supporters argue the very future of mobile and cloud computing is at stake if customers can’t trust that their data will remain private. A group of 11 technology firms including Google said Friday in its court filing that the federal law allowing the searches goes “far beyond any necessary limits” while infringing users’ fundamental rights.