“Some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., voiced support for Microsoft Corp. in a data-privacy dispute between the software maker and the U.S. government,” Kelly Gilblom and Dina Bass report for Bloomberg News. “Companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co., Verizon Communications Inc. and EBay Inc., as well as business and advocacy groups and computer science professors, plan to file 10 amicus briefs with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals to bolster Microsoft’s position in a legal fight against the government, the Redmond, Washington-based company said today.”
“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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