One of the oddities about Microsoft's appearance before the Supreme Court Tuesday is that nearly everyone involved is hoping the issue being raised will soon be moot.
That includes Microsoft president Brad Smith, who is optimistic even this divided Congress might pass a pending bill before the high court rules.
Still, Smith said, today's argument before the Supreme Court "remains very important." He notes that tech giants are caught in the middle of an increasingly tense balance as governments seek to force companies to hand over information stored elsewhere while banning other governments from doing the same.
The bottom line: Axios' Joe Uchill reports that Microsoft will argue that this could put American companies in jeopardy. In a blog post published Tuesday morning, Smith writes:
"If customers around the world believe that the U.S. Government has the power to unilaterally reach into data centers operated by American companies, without reference or notification to their own government, they won’t trust this technology."
A different approach: Instead of trying to have their cake and eat it too, Smith suggested (in his conversation with Axios earlier) that they adopt a different saying: What's good for the goose is good for the gander (though he acknowledged he is a bit fuzzy on just what a gander is.)
- I was confused too, thinking that a gander is a group of geese. Actually, the goose is the female of the species and the gander is the male. So it's all about gender equity in waterfowl.