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14 Sep 2015

Sam Thielman, The Guardian (UK)

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

“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…