Support for Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Against Irish Search Warrant
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) seems to be ready to fight back to the U.S. lawmakers. The company has been facing the pressure of turning on suspected digital documents, which was stored in servers in Ireland. At the same time, it has warned the lawmakers in America that they should also be prepared to reciprocate whenever other countries demand.
The company has been served with a search warrant for email, as well as, other documents that were stored in a server in Dublin in Ireland. Microsoft’s VP and General Counsel, Brad Smith, said that storing of documents in Ireland exposed risks of foreign law enforcement agencies of America. He said that such an action on the part of Microsoft provokes mistrust in the globe about the American-based technology companies.
Smith argued that rather than serving a search warrant, the DOJ could work with the concerned government to gain access to the records. He said that Microsoft would not mind in complying with a request from the domestic government for records stored in the respective country’s data center.
Microsoft has urged the DOJ to take back its search request. For months, the company has been forced to fight against such search warrants and lost twice in the court battle. In July, the district court judge wanted the company to turn over the emails. The company preferred an appeal before the appeals court for the second Circuit. It also filed a brief last week arguing that if any other country approaches the U.S., it will not allow any nations to seize documents stored on the servers in the U.S.
Microsoft Allies Support
The software major has received the support of its allies in the search warrant issue as they have filed ten amicus briefs before the appeals court. Prominent companies among them included Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) apart from several media organizations.
Microsoft has also received support from over a dozen of trade groups besides 34 computer science professors, whom have signed onto briefs extending support to Microsoft. During a conference held in New York, Microsoft’s Smith told the group that everybody wanted to have their rights defended by their own law.
The company’s VP called on the Congress to pass laws aimed at protecting the privacy of email that have been stored in the cloud.
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