Feds Can Access Data Stored Overseas, Judge Tells Microsoft

By Allison Grande (April 28, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT) -- A New York federal magistrate judge ruled Friday that the government can use search warrants to obtain user data stored outside the U.S. by Microsoft Corp. and other service providers, concluding that the Stored Communications Act does not explicitly bar extraterritorial access.

In what is believed to be the first opinion of its kind, U.S. District Judge James C. Francis IV maintained the status quo by rejecting Microsoft's contention that courts in the U.S. are not authorized to issue warrants for extraterroritorial search and seizure.

The company had sought to disrupt the general presumption that search warrants issued under the SCA...

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