On Tuesday, a federal judge denied a request from the Department of Justice to force the company, Symantec, to turn over information about the software it has installed on computers running Windows, including what kinds of security vulnerabilities exist.
The company has argued that the orders are an overreach by the government, and that the FBI is violating its privacy rights.
The order could be appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The judge’s order was not immediately made public.
In a statement, Symantec said the court orders were “a mistake and a blatant overreach of government authority.”
It said it would defend its position in court.
“Symantec continues to support the principle that no government official, or anyone else, can intrude into our users’ personal information, which is the basis for protecting our users and businesses,” Symantecc said.
Microsoft and Symantech both said in statements that they were pleased with the ruling.
“We are pleased that this decision reflects the strong commitment of the courts to protecting our customers’ data and the rights of all companies to protect their users’ data,” said Brian Krebs, who wrote the story about the order.
The software maker has also filed a petition with the 9d Circuit to have the order stayed.
In court filings, Microsoft said the orders violate the First Amendment and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“The Government’s orders are a clear abuse of the First and Fifth Amendments and its violation of those rights has no basis in law,” Microsoft said in a statement.
“This Court’s decision in this case is a victory for users, developers, and IT professionals worldwide who have long demanded the return of their private data and are willing to risk losing their privacy, safety, and freedom.”
Symantecec said it is “confident” it will appeal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.