Thursday July 14, 2016

Microsoft Wins Appeal Over Warrant For Emails Held Abroad

A federal appeals court overturned a ruling against Microsoft today saying that companies do not have to turn over email stored on servers outside the United States. I'm not sure what stops law enforcement from working with authorities in other countries to get warrants for the data stored abroad but I'm not an expert on this stuff.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a 2014 lower court order directing Microsoft to comply with a warrant to turn over to the U.S. government the contents of a customer's email account stored on an Irish server. It also voided a finding of contempt against Microsoft. Circuit Judge Susan Carney said warrants issued under the federal Stored Communications Act reach only data stored within the United States, and that U.S. service providers cannot be forced to comply with warrants seeking data stored elsewhere.