Data privacy & Microsoft "Ireland" lawsuit - intl. implications of govt. warrant to search cloud-based data

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Author: Malick Seck, developpez.com

« Accès aux données privées : Microsoft remporte un autre appel », 25 janvier 2017

Le problème juridique qui oppose Microsoft au gouvernement américain et relatif au transfert de certaines informations que la firme de Redmond a stockées hors des États-Unis semble tirer à sa fin...Microsoft vient de remporter sa deuxième victoire, car une cour d'appel sise à New York...lui a encore donné raison ce mardi en rejetant le recours que le gouvernement américain avait introduit...afin d'obtenir un réexamen de l'affaire...Microsoft a refusé pendant plusieurs années d'exécuter la décision judiciaire initialement prise par la justice américaine qui exigeait le transfert vers les États-Unis des données stockées dans un serveur en...Irlande [pour garantir la protection des données personnelles de ses utilisateurs]. Ce refus a été validé en juillet dernier par la Cour d'appel du second circuit de New York qui avait finalement tranché en faveur de Microsoft...

Brad Smith, le chargé des problèmes juridiques chez Microsoft, s'est félicité de l'issue de ce procès. Toutefois, il plaide pour une modernisation de la législation américaine afin que les citoyens puissent être en sécurité. [Fait aussi référence à Google, Facebook]

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26 January 2017

USA: Court denies govt.'s appeal in lawsuit against Microsoft over seizure of data stored abroad

Author: Kieren McCarthy, Register (UK)

"US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supreme Court", 24 Jan 2017

The US government has lost a legal appeal to have a critical case against Microsoft reheard, paving the way for a Supreme Court challenge...[T]he Second Circuit Court of Appeals...denied...a full rehearing of the case in which Microsoft has refused to hand over to American investigators the emails of a non-US citizen held on a server in Ireland...Back in 2014, the FBI used a law dating from 1986 (the Stored Communications Act) to ask for the emails; Microsoft refused to hand them over, arguing that search warrants did not reach beyond US borders.  In July 2016, the appeals court sided with Microsoft...The Justice Department...asked for a full-bench hearing...[I]t is possible that the Justice Department will be asked to drop the case, but it is more likely that it will take the case to the Supreme Court, which will effectively be asked to decide where data lives and how far US laws stretch in the digital era...

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14 September 2015

US Govt. argues right to access anyone's emails whose provider is headquartered in the US in Microsoft privacy lawsuit

Author: Sam Thielman, The Guardian (UK)

“Microsoft case: DoJ says it can demand every email from any US-based provider”, 9 Sep 2015

The [US] government has the right to demand the emails of anyone in the world from any email provider headquartered within US borders, Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers told a federal appeals court…The case…concerns a search warrant that the government argues should compel Microsoft to retrieve emails held on a Hotmail server in Ireland…Microsoft contends that the DoJ has exceeded its authority with potentially dangerous consequences. Organizations including Apple...Fox News, NPR and the Guardian have filed amicus briefs with the court, arguing the case could set a precedent for governments around the world to seize information held in the cloud. Judges have ruled against the tech company twice…The DoJ contends that emails should be treated as the business records of the company hosting them…Microsoft argues the emails are the customers’ personal documents…A ruling in the case could come as early as October or as late as February…

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14 August 2015

NGO raises privacy fears ahead of US appeals court decision expected to require Microsoft to hand over emails on its Irish server

Author: Rebekah Mintzer, Microsoft, on Corporate Counsel (USA)

"Microsoft's Ireland case stirs fears about the future of the cloud", Aug 2015 [subscription required]

Widespread adoption of cloud computing has been a game changer for many businesses. However, the high-profile data privacy case that pits Microsoft Corp. against the U.S. Department of Justice may be a prelude to stormy weather. The case, which will be argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Sept. 9, could determine whether the U.S. government has the power to seize the personal data of a company's clients—even when that data resides overseas…Microsoft v. United States…began…[i]n December 2013, [when] the DOJ, which declined to comment for this story, issued a warrant to access email communications of an unnamed user of Microsoft's MSN e-mail service in order to investigate drug trafficking. The user's email records were stored on a Microsoft server in Dublin, but instead of seeking access to the emails through the government's mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) with Ireland, the DOJ ordered Microsoft to copy the records and turn them over. The company refused, and in the ensuing litigation lost before a federal magistrate judge and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York…Supporters of Microsoft's stance, such as Alex Abdo, staff attorney at the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, are concerned that the court's position could lead to mass data collection...Whatever the specifics look like, Microsoft believes that to accommodate the exponentially growing amount of information stored in the cloud, new rules need to be well-balanced…

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16 December 2014

The "Microsoft Ireland" Case (Amicus Brief)

Author: Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

The central issue in this case is whether a domestic search warrant can compel American companies to produce data stored in servers outside the United States…The Brennan Center, in conjunction with the Constitution Project, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and O'Melveny & Myers LLP  as pro bono counsel, filed an amicus brief in support of Microsoft Corporation, which cautions the Second Circuit against repeating two significant errors in the lower court’s reasoning. Both errors could have a powerful impact on the future of digital privacy, and therefore merit close consideration.

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11 December 2014

The Faulty Logic at the Heart of Microsoft Ireland Email Dispute

Author: Hanni Fakhoury, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Microsoft has been battling with the federal government over the Department of Justice's high profile attempt to get access to emails stored abroad in Ireland for the better part of 2014. The US government has claimed a US warrant is sufficient to get emails even when stored in another country, while Microsoft has resisted, arguing the US warrant power does not reach that far. The case has made business rivals into temporary allies and forced Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Data Protection to ask the European Commission to formally support Microsoft. Today we joined the Brennan Center for Justice, the ACLU, and The Constitution Project in a new amicus brief…supporting Microsoft.  We warn the appeals court that two pieces of faulty logic in the lower court's reasoning could have dangerous implications for digital privacy.

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5 September 2014

Government's 'serious concern' over US order on Microsoft [Ireland]

Author: Conor Humphries, Irish Independent

The [Irish] Government has expressed serious concern about a US court order for Microsoft to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland to US prosecutors, saying it would create significant legal uncertainty about data protection in Europe. Last week, a US judge lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft to turn over a customer's emails, but the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals the ruling…"Compliance with the warrant may result in Microsoft, and any other US companies with operations in the EU which are served with such warrants in the future, being in breach of the Irish Data Protection Acts and the EU Data Protection Directive,"…said [Data Protection Minister Dara Murphy]. The prospect of emails held in Ireland being handed over has drawn concern from technology companies - fearful of losing revenue from foreign customers worried that US law enforcement might win broad powers to seize their data…

The Government has expressed serious concern about a US court order for Microsoft to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland to US prosecutors, saying it would create significant legal uncertainty about data protection in Europe. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/governments-serious-concern-ove...
Government's 'serious concern' over US order on Microsoft - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/governments-serious-concern-ove...
Government's 'serious concern' over US order on Microsoft - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/governments-serious-concern-ove...
Government's 'serious concern' over US order on Microsoft - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/governments-serious-concern-ove...
Government's 'serious concern' over US order on Microsoft - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/governments-serious-concern-ove...
Government's 'serious concern' over US order on Microsoft - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/governments-serious-concern-ove...

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