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Top Story: Microsoft doubles down on protecting your privacy - Bill Gates explains why

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Bill Gates has got your back. He wants to tip you off when the government is asking Microsoft about you.

The co-founder of Microsoft supports his company's lawsuit against the U.S. government. They want to be allowed to tell customers when federal agencies have sought their data.

Note: Read about Microsoft's stand to protect you.

The government has a long history of cherry picking our usage data from all the major tech companies. In other words, the Feds are snooping on you.

Companies like Microsoft are required to cooperate. Worse, they're banned from alerting you about these invasions of your privacy.

Microsoft wants to put a stop to that, or at least let you know when the government is snooping on you.

However, Gates said there are extraordinary situations when we'd all benefit from the government peaking at some people's information.

"There probably are some cases where [the government] should be able to go in covertly and get information about a company's email." But he adds, "It should be extraordinary and it shouldn't be a matter of course that there is a gag order automatically put in."

What do you think? Should Microsoft and other companies be allowed to tell you when the government has asked to see your private information? Let us know in comments.

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