The roster of folks speaking up about Microsoft’s closely watched data privacy court case now includes a government.
Ireland on Tuesday filed court papers backing elements of Microsoft’s appeal of a U.S. court order that the company turn over emails stored in a Dublin data center.
The case stems from a warrant a U.S. judge signed last December ordering Microsoft to turn over the contents of an email account. Microsoft challenged the order, arguing that because the underlying email data was stored in a data center in Ireland, U.S. prosecutors lacked the power to demand those documents.
The government, Microsoft said, should instead ask Irish officials for help retrieving the data under the terms of an existing legal assistance treaty.More