Microsoft ordered to release emails stored in data center abroad

|About: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)|By:, SA News Editor

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."