Brad Smith - President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft says U.S. government can use a search warrant to force a company to seize a customer’s private emails stored in Ireland [and potentially anywhere else] and import them to the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to seize foreign customers’ emails from other countries ignores borders, treaties and international law
The stakes for user privacy in the court’s decision are extremely high. Governments around the world may feel empowered to snoop on the countless emails, chats, and other online communications that cross international boundaries if the court sides with the government.
This is about U.S. warrants to compel U.S. Internet companies to disclose users’ email and digital content stored outside the United States.
Depending on the outcome this will have some GDPR implications and possibly have a huge impact on the future of Microsoft. Who would want an Azure stack if all the data was available to the US government.
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