Microsoft hails win for data protection laws

by Steve Randall18 Jul 2016
Microsoft hails win for data protection laws
A court ruling that Microsoft must hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland has been overturned in a decision that could have widespread repercussions.
In 2014 a US court ordered Microsoft to provide the US government with email communications from a suspected drug trafficker. The firm said that a judgment in favour of the feds would trigger similar action by foreign governments to obtain data held in the US; the government argued that criminals would exploit the legal loophole created by a ruling for the tech firm.
A judge at the US Court of Appeals in New York said that the law did not enable the government to demand data held exclusively on foreign servers. Microsoft said that the ruling will help people trust in the technology they use as they must “have confidence that their personal information will be protected by the laws of their own country".

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