Microsoft Warrant Ruling Puts Service Providers In Bind

By Allison Grande (August 1, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge ruled Thursday that the Stored Communications Act extends to data stored overseas by Microsoft Corp. and other service providers, a decision that will likely leave the companies in the hot seat with European authorities that believe their more stringent data protection and transfer laws are being brushed aside.

In a bench ruling handed down at the conclusion of a nearly two-hour hearing, U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska, the chief judge of the Southern District of New York, agreed to adopt a magistrate judge's April order refusing to nix the portion of a warrant that forced the...

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