US government demands Microsoft access to a customer's emails which are currently sitting on a server in Dublin, Ireland, as part of a narcotics investigation. Earlier this year, a US court ruled that Microsoft should hand the data over. Microsoft declined to comply, voluntarily entering into contempt. Last week Microsoft filed its appeal. If Microsoft loses, Microsoft's general counsel, Brad Smith, argues it could put all of our private digital information at risk as well as further damaging the standing and reputation of US tech firms still reeling from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks.
The Guardian together with tech and media companies, privacy groups and leading computer scientists all filed legal briefs backing Microsoft in a case against the US government. Microsoft is challenging a government order to hand over emails held on servers at its datacenter in Dublin, Ireland. The company has lost twice in court but is challenging the order in the US court of appeals for the second circuit in New York.
FFDN (fournisseurs d'accès associatifs de la federation) & Quadrature du Net lodged an appeal against the Council of State concerning the decree on the application of the law on military programming (adopted in December 2013), more precisely regarding the administrative access to connection data. The appeal comes in the context of the European Court of Justice’s decision of 8 April 2014 to cancel the 2006 Directive on Data Retention. The action is further backed by decisions of certain EU states, such as the Netherlands and Bulgaria, to review their respective legislation in order to ensure compliance with citizens’ privacy rights.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco today affirmed that copyright holders must consider whether a use of material is fair before sending a takedown notice. The ruling came in Lenz v. Universal, often called the “dancing baby” lawsuit.
World Wide Web Consortium overruled dozens of members' objections to publishing a DRM standard without a compromise to protect accessibility, security research, archiving, and competition. EFF appealed the decision which concluded with a deeply divided membership. Only 58.4% of the group voted to go on with publication. This is an unprecedented move in a body that has always operated on consensus and compromise.