Microsoft May Suffer for Refusal to Disclose Foreign DataAdded: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
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Obama administration maintains that entities operating in the United States are obliged to comply with warrants for data, even if it is stored overseas. As a result, a judge may hold the tech giant in contempt of court over its refusal to hand over information it stores abroad to the American government.
The judge gave Microsoft until August 5 to comply with an order which could shatter confidence in the cloud. Microsoft issued a statement and cited privacy concerns, promising to continue to defy the court order. The tech giant claimed it was not going to turn over the email.
Let us remind you that the American prosecutors investigating narcotic trafficking obtained a search warrant late last year to access an email account maintained by Microsoft servers in Ireland. Microsoft refused to comply, claiming that emails belong to its customers and that the servers are beyond the jurisdiction of the United States. This challenged the Obama administration’s belief that a company operating in the US has to comply anyway.
The US judge ruled two months ago that the tech giant must comply because Microsoft is a US company and controls the information. The judge suspended enforcement of the order pending an appeal by Microsoft. The judge said that the ruling was not appealable, but added that the company could obtain an appeal if it refused to comply and was found in contempt.
The tech giant said all sides agreed the case should and would go to appeal in order to find the appropriate procedure for that to happen. As a result, the government asked the judge to hold the company in contempt, which would lead to a “properly appealable final order”.
In the meantime, Microsoft explains that by handing over the requested information it would violate Irish legislation. Besides, that would have been another blow to public trust in tech giants’ ability to protect privacy.
The market leaders realize that this problem can harm them as well. This is why a range of other companies, including AT&T, Apple, Cisco Systems and Verizon, have filed court briefs supporting Microsoft. All of them worry they can lose billions of dollars in revenue to foreign rivals who would be perceived by the customers as better guardians of privacy.
It is known that the German government has told Microsoft it will avoid data storage with American companies until the recent ruling is overturned. Going into details, in seeking the emails the American authorities were looking to sidestep legal protections enshrined in the constitution’s 4th amendment, Microsoft claimed.
Earlier, trust in the cloud suffered a lot after Edward Snowden’s revelations about the surveillance of the US National Security Agency. Besides, the recent hacking of hundreds of celebrities’ nude photos has further damaged the industry’s position. In the meantime, it is unknown which government agency is requesting the emails stored in Ireland, because the warrant and all other documents are sealed and were not disclosed to the public.
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|posted by (2014-09-09 02:32:26)|
|the government never release documents like the missing 28 pages from 911, they have plenty of stuff the public has a right to no but the constantly ignore when congress or members of public ask for such things, so for once i can say good microsoft, tell them to do one..|
|what`s the saying,Lie down with dogs and get up with fleas,for some years now Microsoft has worked closely with the NSA and has 73 fusion centres in the USA devoted to the task of data gathering,if you take their money they will want to own you and if Microsoft have at this time just realized it they have less intelligence than the world expects from them.Microsoft will make the pretense of objecting to the order or lose its fan base and business in Europe,my belief is that its a clever deception and by having all the other companies like [email protected],cisco etc joining suit it will be a unanimous wipeout for the NSA and all further objections will be quashed for the future giving carte blanc to the spooks data mining unilaterally(as if they did`nt already do it)I personally would not trust in Microsoft or its cloud full stop. .||
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