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Microsoft case: DoJ says it can demand every email from any US-based provider


Microsoft counsel addresses question of US search warrant for Hotmail emails stored in Ireland: ‘We would go crazy if China did this to us’

The United States government has the right to demand the emails of anyone in the world from any email provider headquartered within US borders, Department of Justice (DoJ) lawyers told a federal appeals court on Wednesday.

The case being heard in the second circuit court of appeals is between the US and Microsoft and concerns a search warrant that the government argues should compel Microsoft to retrieve emails held on a Hotmail server in Ireland.

Microsoft contends that the DoJ has exceeded its authority with potentially dangerous consequences. Organizations including Apple, the government of Ireland, Fox News, NPR and the Guardian have filed amicus briefs with the court, arguing the case could set a precedent for governments around the world to seize information held in the cloud. Judges have ruled against the tech company twice.

Counsel for Microsoft contends that the US search warrant should not have been used to compel it to hand over emails stored in Ireland. “This is an execution of law enforcement seizure on their land,” Joshua Rosenkranz, counsel for Microsoft, told the court. “We would go crazy if China did this to us.”


Cloud Computing

  1. Cloud computing has been called cesspit computing – as there’s nothing nice and fluffy about it.
  2. Wait for the decision to this DOJ judgement before proceeding to use cloud storage with an American company.
  3. Don’t select an American company to hold your data in the cloud or better still….
  4. Don’t select Cloud computing if the data is financial, legal, relates to personnel records, sales records, tax records, trade secrets, blue prints… basically ANYTHING important.   You’re asking for trouble if you do.

Even Microsoft realises that this judgement will kill the cloud computing model.  Yay!  There’s always a silver lining.

Of course I don’t support Cloud computing – it’s toxic to privacy.

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