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US Vs Microsoft Supreme Court Case and What it Means to You

Published on March 16, 2018

Would you impose a rule you set up for your child when they were 4 today, when they are 36? Probably not since the person has changed, matured, and is much more complicated today than they were 32 years ago. Unfortunately, there is a case in the Supreme Court right now trying to decide how a law enacted in 1986 applies to todays much more international cloud landscape. United States v. Microsoft boiled down is a simple case but with major implications. In 2013, US Law enforcement was investigating a drug trafficking case and needed access to a person’s emails. Therefore, they issued a search warrant to Microsoft for the user’s data. Microsoft handed over all the data that was housed on American servers, unfortunately the user had registered their account in Ireland which meant that most of the user’s data was stored on Irish servers. Here is where the dilemma for the Supreme Court comes up. Does 1986’s Stored Communications Act (SCA) apply to data stored internationally by American Corporations? The Stored Communications Act allows emails and other communications to be obtained by the US Government from tech companies. and with that definition the sides are made clearer; Microsoft insists that the US Government should work with Irish authorities to obtain the Irish server held data and the US Government insists that their warrant should suffice since Microsoft can obtain the Irish server held data from within the US.

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Topics: Data Privacy, Current Events, CLOUD Act


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