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In case you missed it, Brad Smith of Microsoft had this OpEd in the WSJ about their fight with the government over whether a warrant applies to emails stored on non-U.S. servers:

On Thursday Microsoft will oppose the U.S. government at a hearing in federal court in New York, arguing that it can’t force American tech companies to turn over customer emails stored exclusively in company data centers in other countries. This dispute should be important to you if you use email, because it could well turn on who owns your email—you or the company that stores it in the cloud.

Read more on The Wall Street Journal.

Joseph Marks of Politico describes the case and its significance:

Eighteenth-century rights clash with 21st-century computer technologies Thursday, when a court hears an appeal from Microsoft against a warrant it says tramples the Fourth Amendment.

The case — in which Microsoft is resisting a U.S. warrant to turn over computer files stored in Ireland wanted by feds for a drug probe here at home — is being dubbed the “Fort Sumter of privacy,” by one former prosecutor. After being considered by a New York federal judge, legal experts say the case could ultimately make its way to a federal appeals court or even to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read more on Politico.

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