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Microsoft Wins Court Case, Won’t Turn Over Overseas Emails


In a landmark victory, Microsoft will not have to turn over emails held in a server based overseas. The U.S. government was seeking access as part of a drug-trafficking investigation. However, the appeals court sided with the computer corporation. “We think Microsoft has the better of the argument,” said Circuit Court Judge Sarah Carney, in an opinion written for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. The decision is based in the U.S. Stored Communications Act which, the court ruled, does not not authorize the “seizure of customer e-mail content that is stored exclusively on foreign servers.” Aside from the vast ramifications of the case, one issue attracts our attention. Technology has made all borders permeable to all sorts of communication, except to the law.


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