(Bloomberg) -- The technology industry’s data-privacy battle with the U.S. government started before the fight over a killer’s iPhone, and it’s going to last long after.

Microsoft Corp. sued the Justice Department Thursday to block authorities from taking customers’ e-mails and other data stored by Microsoft without ever having to let them know, an escalation of a two-year tussle with the government over privacy and cloud computing. On Friday, Apple Inc. is set to continue its fight to keep the government out of another iPhone -- this one seized from a drug dealer in a Brooklyn case, just weeks after the FBI dropped its effort to force Apple to help it break into one used by a terrorist who with his wife killed 14 people last year in San Bernardino, California.

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