US demands seizure from Irish server

U.S. demands to seize emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland. According to the district court, the location of the data is not relevant and seeking cooperation with Irish authorities is not necessary for a warrant’s powers to reach abroad. However, there is “no way” the U.S. government would accept the reasoning the district court is using if other countries wanted to access data stored on U.S. soil, Microsoft said in a brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday. If the warrant is carried out it would open the door to such seizures in the U.S., endangering the privacy of U.S. citizens, Microsoft said. The Irish government asked the European Commission for legal aid in the case.

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy IG

Stakeholder: Judicial

Tags: law enforcement, US district court, extraterritorial execution of warrants, privacy laws, European Commission, Ireland, Microsoft, seize emails, lawsuit, seizure

Posted on Tuesday 9 December 2014

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