“The case, which Microsoft has lost twice and is appealing, pits the company against U.S. lawmakers seeking access to e-mails housed in a Microsoft data center in Ireland. The U.S. government has said the e-mails will help it solve a criminal case, while Microsoft officials have said providing access would violate privacy,” Gilblom and Bass report. “The issue has come front and center for U.S. technology companies in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations last year about U.S. government spying, which have left some foreign customers concerned about the privacy of their data stored with U.S. providers.”
MacDailyNews Take: As well they should be. Obviously.
“It’s like if ‘someone rooms in a Hilton hotel in England – – just because Hilton is a U.S. company, U.S. authorities can’t just say, ‘Hey, open that room,” said Ed Lazowska, a University of Washington computer science professor who signed on to the friend-of-the-court briefs. ‘Presumably the laws of England would apply,'” Gilblom and Bass report.
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