Microsoft Fights Search Warrants for Overseas Emails in the Supreme Court

Brad Smith – President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft says U.S. government can use a search warrant to force a company to seize a customer’s private emails stored in Ireland [and potentially anywhere else] and import them to the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to seize foreign customers’ emails from other countries ignores borders, treaties and international law

The stakes for user privacy in the court’s decision are extremely high. Governments around the world may feel empowered to snoop on the countless emails, chats, and other online communications that cross international boundaries if the court sides with the government.

This is about U.S. warrants to compel U.S. Internet companies to disclose users’ email and digital content stored outside the United States.

Depending on the outcome this will have some GDPR implications and possibly have a huge impact on the future of Microsoft. Who would want an Azure stack if all the data was available to the US government.

ADDITIONAL READING LINKS

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2018/01/19/something-extraordinary-happened-washington-d-c-yesterday/

https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/01/21/2052258/microsoft-fights-search-warrants-for-overseas-emails-in-the-supreme-court

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/01/eff-supreme-court-protect-privacy-cross-border-data

https://herbapproach.com/network/microsoft-fights-search-warrants-for-overseas-emails-in-the-supreme-court/

NEED SUPPORT WITH GDPR?
  
Jersey Community Partnership and Association of Jersey Charities GDPR update
St Paul’s Centre, Tuesday 30th January from 1pm to 3pm.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gdpr-tickets-42277671654

Jersey Charities Q&A
https://gdprjersey.blogspot.com/

Jersey Data Protection Association list of GDPR events
https://www.eventbrite.com/d/jersey–saint-helier/jersey-data-protection-association/

Data Protection Reform in the Channel Islands
https://thinkgdpr.org/
https://thinkgdpr.org/article/gdpr-guidance/

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