Court Orders Microsoft to Turn Over Data in Ireland Email Case
A New York judge orders Microsoft to hand over to the DOJ emails stored at its overseas data center. Microsoft vows to appeal.Microsoft was ordered on July 31 to comply with a U.S. Department of Justice warrant to produce emails stored at the company's data center in Dublin, Ireland. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant operates a network of several data centers across the globe to provide Web and cloud services. Manhattan's U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled that Microsoft must turn over the emails to the DOJ, despite the fact that they reside on overseas servers. In a judgment that is sure to have implications for American cloud providers, Preska determined that since the data is stored and controlled by a U.S.-based company, the government can request it regardless of where it resides. Preska is putting a hold on the ruling, giving Microsoft an opportunity to appeal. Microsoft's outspoken top lawyer is taking the judge up on her offer. "The only issue that was certain this morning was that the District Court's decision would not represent the final step in this process," said Brad Smith, Microsoft's top lawyer, in a statement. "We will appeal promptly and continue to advocate that people's email deserves strong privacy protection in the U.S. and around the world."
The controversial case began late last year when the DOJ issued a warrant for emails stored on the company's Outlook.com email service.