Microsoft Challenges U.S. Demand for Access to E-mails Held in Datacenter in Ireland

Microsoft's Dublin datacentre. (Image: Microsoft)
Microsoft’s Dublin datacentre. (Image: Microsoft)

Microsoft has in a landmark case challenged in U.S. federal court a search warrant for private email communications located in the company’s facility in Dublin, Ireland, after a magistrate judge quashed in April its opposition to the warrant.

The company like many others in the technology industry are concerned that the U.S. government’s demands for data held abroad could spook customers abroad from their cloud and other services.

Verizon Communications has filed a brief Tuesday supporting Microsoft’s petition, and other companies are expected to follow, according to The New York Times.

In a redacted filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Microsoft has objected to a warrant issued by a magistrate judge under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, as it purports to authorize the U.S. government to search “any and all” of Microsoft’s facilities worldwide.

The private email communications that the government seeks are stored in a server in Dublin and the U.S. Congress has not authorized the issuance of warrants that reach outside U.S. territory, Microsoft wrote in the filing.

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SOURCE: John Ribeiro 
ComputerWorld

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