Microsoft Email-Access Fight With US Gets Supreme Court Review

Finally, Smith argued that if the USA government acts unilaterally to seize emails located overseas with search warrants, there is little to stop foreign governments from exercising the same maneuver on data stored in the United States.

A NY district court and the DOJ contend that companies, not users, own data stored overseas - in this case, email held in an Irish data center.

The case involved information stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland that the United States government believed it should have access to under warrants issued in the US.

The Supreme Court hearing is set to begin in early 2018, with a ruling expected by the end of June.

Microsoft released all of the information stored in the United States, but refused to do the same for emails hosted in Ireland. The full 2nd Circuit split on whether to rehear the case.

The case attracted significant attention from technology and media companies concerned that a ruling favoring the government could jeopardize the privacy of customers and make them less likely to use cloud services because of concern that data could be seized.

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The Supreme Court's decision today to review Microsoft's victory in the Second Circuit is further proof that Congress needs to act to update laws governing electronic communication. In asking the Supreme Court to consider the case, the Justice Department argued that "hundreds if not thousands" of investigations into terrorism and child pornography "are being or will be hampered by the government's inability to obtain electronic evidence".

The dispute stems from a 2013 federal effort to get emails that the government says would show evidence of drug trafficking.

A coalition of 33 US states and Puerto Rico backed the Justice Department's appeal.

"Execution of a USA warrant to seize documents in a foreign country is precisely the kind of foreign incursion that the presumption against extraterritoriality was created to prohibit, absent clear authorization by Congress", Microsoft said. In 2012, the court held that a warrant is required to place a Global Positioning System tracking device on a vehicle.

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