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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Microsoft Must Turn Over Emails Stored in Ireland


Chief US District Judge Loretta Preska ruled on August 31, 2014 that Microsoft had to comply with a US warrant because it covered the actual data. "It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information." The emails are stored on servers located in Ireland.

Preska cited a case from 1984 that required businesses to disclose business records no matter where they are held. Preska stated that Congress was aware of the decision when the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. However, the order is stayed pending an appeal. Microsoft general counsel vowed to "appeal promptly." Preska the law unquestioningly authorizes overseas production of data.

Microsoft argued it could be not  bound to turn over the emails unless the government obtained them via legal treaty with Ireland.

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