Government fights Microsoft before Supreme Court


Government fights Microsoft before Supreme Court over email privacy. The issue underlined is: can the company be impelled to relinquish emails deposited on servers abroad? A triumph for the government secluded supporters say would trigger off a global free for all not a single thing to cease any country for pursue data stored anywhere in the world.

However, the justice department elucidates an achievement for Microsoft could generate data retreats, locales where governments could not acquire proof of serious crimes. The debate commenced in 2013 when federal agents offered a search warrant in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, soliciting the contents of an account they professed was being used to carry out drug trafficking.

Microsoft said that it couldn’t obey because the email was deposited on the company’s servers in Dublin, one among around 100 data centers in 40 countries. But search warrant furnished in US did not have any consequence beyond U.S. borders.

In actuality the company apprised the federal agents to ask Ireland for data. But the main point is the location where the search takes place. The Justice Department asserts that Microsoft can effortlessly impel data with a few keystrokes at its headquarters. This means the exploration takes place where the company transfers the data the government says not at that locale where it transmits emails internally from one data center to another.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote in his Supreme Court brief that any expropriation happens only when Microsoft reveals a user’s correspondence to the government and then it inspects that correspondence for proof of a crime.