US judge orders Microsoft to turn over customer emails stored abroad
August 2 , 2014
Loretta Preska, a US district judge, has ordered that Microsoft must hand over a customer’s emails that were stored on a server of the company in Dublin, Ireland.
The ruling, which upheld an earlier decision by a magistrate court, is significant as it has implications for privacy.
Microsoft had maintained that data held abroad cannot be seized by federal prosecutors. But Preska rejected the argument that the order by the magistrate court was an extra territorial application of American law.
However, the judge stayed her ruling, giving Microsoft an opportunity to file an appeal.