Privacy Win! US Government Cannot Seize Emails Stored Overseas

By: Jeff Caldwell

In a big win for Microsoft and data security, the company won a federal appeal against a United States Government warrant issued in 2014 that called for all “records, physical objects, and other materials” of a suspected drug trafficker. The government wanted all emails under the jurisdiction of the company’s ownership no matter where on Earth they were stored. Microsoft provided all information stored in the United States; however the company did not turn over emails stored in Ireland.

The Second Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Stored Communications Act “does not authorize courts to issue and enforce against U.S.‐based service providers warrants for the seizure of customer email content that is stored exclusively on foreign servers.”

  • Coders for Liberty

    just reposted this from TechCrunch before I saw your post. Don’t worry though. I put a link to your site as well. 🙂