Microsoft ordered to release emails stored in data center abroad

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska has ruled that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) must turn over a customer's emails stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, following the company's refusal to do so due to privacy concerns.

AT&T, Apple, Cisco and Verizon have all backed Microsoft's objection to hand over the information, as they are concerned about billions of dollars in revenue loss if customers fear their data is subject to seizure by U.S. investigators anywhere in the world.

Microsoft and other U.S. companies have challenged the criminal search warrant for the emails, stating federal authorities cannot seize customer information held in foreign countries. However, Preska says, "It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information."

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  • makeme
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    It is like President Reagan said that I can not remember. Now the Emails are no longer private even if you delete them you can not say that I can not remember . what goes around will come around.
    1 Aug 2014, 08:14 AM Reply Like
  • Lakeaffect
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    True, unless you work for the IRS.
    1 Aug 2014, 08:51 AM Reply Like
  • serf
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    We must obey our fearless leader or he will make us suffer even more. Freedom in the U.S. appears to be an outmoded concept.
    1 Aug 2014, 09:25 AM Reply Like
  • serf
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    People should a secure VPN internet account located outside of the U.S. and put a good chunk of their wealth where it cannot be "acquired" by our corrupt leaders.
    1 Aug 2014, 09:26 AM Reply Like
  • User 19574631
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    Enterprises should consider encrypting their data prior to sending it to the cloud - if the provider hands over their data in response to a subpoena, only useless encrypted gibberish is exposed - and the government will have to come go to them for the key. Check out
    1 Aug 2014, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    This is based all on the Patriot Act signed by President Bush squared or to the second. Thanks Bushes you haunt us again. I'll have my chip implanted in my head soon so you can scan my information your about to loss
    1 Aug 2014, 10:14 AM Reply Like
  • outofhere
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    WIL 3714


    Sorry it not part of the patriot act per se. The patriot act merely repeated what was passed under Clinton.


    You really should do more research.
    1 Aug 2014, 08:15 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    If upheld on appeal this is really bad for US cloud and enterprise IT providers. I can see the day when Microsoft China has a wholly owned subsidiary located in Redmond, WA and the IRS has to subpoena China for access to tax information while Microsoft China pays taxes on non-US profits elsewhere. Capitalism controlled by socialistic government is not going to compete well with state controlled capitalism.
    1 Aug 2014, 10:50 AM Reply Like
  • outofhere
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    I guess you forgot the 90's evidentiary laws for computers. The cloud was considered by the email rules. Many precedents referred to corporate control.
    1 Aug 2014, 08:21 PM Reply Like
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