Google's Setback Heats Up Overseas Warrant Debate

Law360, New York (February 8, 2017, 11:32 PM EST) -- Google's initial failure to dodge federal search warrants for data stored overseas highlights the limitations of a recent Second Circuit ruling that went the other way on the Stored Communications Act, and attorneys say the split will only fuel further debate over the outdated privacy statute.

In a decision issued Friday in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Reuter ruled that the warrants issued to Google under the act were legitimate because the invasion of the data owner's privacy interests would not take place outside of the U.S., but rather within the country once the government began looking...

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