January 25, 2017 5:14 pm | Updated 4 years ago.
Microsoft in its legal battle with the US government was reaffirmed their legal right to refuse the government’s order to provide data stored overseas on Tuesday by federal appeals court. The government is denied of a petition by a divided panel of judges in New York for rehearing last year’s ruling in a case contending the tech giant Microsoft handing over data stored in servers in Ireland.
On December 2013 the government issued a warrant directing Microsoft to provide the contents of an email account used by a suspected drug trafficker. The case was closely monitored worldwide with many digital and privacy rights activists supporting Microsoft for guarding data privacy.
Brad Smith, Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft welcomed the decision and said that, “we need Congress to modernize the law both to keep people safe and ensure that governments everywhere respect each other’s borders.”
Although Microsoft provided all the account information that they have kept on US soil, but couldn’t provided the email content as it was stored on Ireland servers.
Date of Publication: 25 January 2017