Microsoft, one of the largest e-mail hosts in the world, is challenging a US federal judge-ordered search warrant that would compel the company to hand over customer e-mail data stored on its overseas servers.
In a legal brief (PDF) filed in US federal district court in New York last Friday, Microsoft objected to the judge’s order to turn over to government snoops e-mail data contained on the company’s servers located in Dublin, Ireland. The information sought by the court relates to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation; the precise e-mail account remains redacted in the court record.
Microsoft’s attorneys argued that information stored on the company’s servers in Ireland should be subject to Irish law, reasoning that absent Irish court approval, such foreign servers should be inaccessible to US courts.
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