The word “Microsoft” appears nowhere in a groundbreaking policy memo issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein curbing the government’s use of gag orders on tech companies, but you can draw a direct line to the company and its legal team from Covington & Burling and Davis Wright Tremaine.

It’s a significant victory for Microsoft, which sued the government last year in Seattle federal court seeking a declaratory judgment. At issue: When (if ever) should people have a right to know that the government got a warrant to secretly read their emails?

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