The Obama administration says that companies operating in the US must comply with US search warrants for data when that data is stored on overseas servers.
It’s a longstanding position of global supremacy, and one that would have to change if legislation proposed Thursday becomes law.
The legislation, the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (PDF), is directed at a federal court’s July ruling requiring Microsoft to turn over e-mails stored on its Irish servers to assist a Department of Justice drug investigation.
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