Yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the United States Government in the case Microsoft v. United States, stating that the government cannot compel Microsoft, or other companies, to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States. Here's a brief summary of the opinion.
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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in the case Microsoft v. United States, finding that Stored Communications Act "does not authorize courts to issue and enforce against U.S.-based service providers warrants for the seizure of customer e-mail content that is stored exclusively on foreign servers."
There is an interesting exchange in the new Snowden FOIA release (h/t Marcy Wheeler) that has me concerned as a technologist. In it Snowden provides some technical support from NSA Hawaii to NSA headquarters.
Yesterday, the ACLU filed a motion to join Microsoft’s ongoing challenge to the constitutionality of § 2705(b) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which permits the government to obtain gag orders that prohibit technology companies like Microsoft from disclosing to anyone that the government has obtained customer data. The case began last month when Microsoft filed a complaint in the District Court for the Western District of Washington.
The Second Circuit heard oral argument Wednesday in Microsoft’s dispute with the Department of Justice over access to emails stored in Ireland.
Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral argument in a high-profile dispute between the United States and Microsoft.