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Email providers have to turn over a user’s emails and other data to U.S. law enforcement when issued a search warrant, even if the data is stored overseas, a U.S. judge ruled Friday.Microsoft Case: Judge Rules Search Warrants Extend to Emails Stored Overseas [pcworld.com]
While Microsoft’s Global Criminal Compliance (GCC) team turned over so-called non-content information stored on U.S. servers, such as the user’s name and country as well as address book information, it refused to hand over the contents of the emails because they were stored on a server in another country. For this reason the company sought to quash the search warrant, arguing that U.S. courts are not authorized to issue warrants for extraterritorial search and seizure of emails.
Judge Francis, however, disagreed and denied Microsoft’s motion to quash the verdict.