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snakeair 07-14-2016 07:17 PM

Microsoft doesn't have to give US government foreign data, says court
 
Read this one earlier in the day on break at work at my IT company. :P

As always, let your opinions be heard in this thread. What are you real thoughts?

Quote:

On Thursday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that Microsoft and other tech companies could not be ordered to turn over customer data stored on servers outside of the US.

"We conclude that 2703 of the Stored Communications Act does not authorize courts to issue and enforce against U.S.-based service providers warrants for the seizure of customer e-mail content that is stored exclusively on foreign servers," the decision said.

The decision was an appeal of search warrant originally issued by the US Justice Department, relative to an international drug case. What made the original search warrant novel was the fact that it demanded data on an email account that Microsoft had stored in a datacenter located in Ireland. And, just a reminder, Microsoft is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
Continued at: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/...ta-says-court/

Thoughts?

Look, you can also trash the government besides Microsoft in here. :)

ChrisCD 07-15-2016 11:52 AM

For the Privacy lovers, this is great news. Companies can just move all of their servers to other countries and then they will be free to ignore requests from the US Gov't.

From a justice point-of-view though, it would seem to give criminals an easy way to keep data away from those that would prosecute them.

The judge noted that the law should probably be updated to reflect this interconnected world that we live in.

I don't think data should just be turned over without a compelling reason, but just as search warrants can be issued when there is enough compelling evidence, I don't see why this should be so different.

cd :O)

lovelyncook 07-18-2016 07:34 PM

This isn't really about Microsoft. It's about legal precedent that applies to everyone.


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