“Microsoft’s position on student data privacy remains crystal clear – students are not products,” writes Cameron Evans, national technology officer and CTO for Microsoft Education. Neither students nor data about them should be used for commercial purposes – ever.
It is the day that John Adams penned a letter to his wife about the controversy over the British government going from house to house to look for customs violations without any probable cause. That controversy would lead to the passage of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution against unreasonable search and seizure, an issue being publicly debated now in the wake of revelations about government surveillance.
In a Saturday blog post, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith offered his perspective on a unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Riley v. California. The court ruled in the case that warrantless searches under an exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement cannot extend to cell phones, and that authorities must secure a warrant from a court to search such a device.