Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) resists government demand for customer data stored outside U.S.

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is pushing back against a U.S. government demand for a user’s e-mail that is stored on company computers outside of the country. Several tech companies have resisted government requests following after Edward Snowden leaked information about how the NSA can intercept Internet and telephone conversations from over a billion users from dozens of countries.

Microsoft said that it opposed a search warrant for information on a user’s online e-mails that are stored in Microsoft?s Ireland data center. “Congress has not authorized the issuance of warrants that reach outside U.S. territory,” said Microsoft in the filing with U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Microsoft’s filing did not disclose the identity or any details on the user whose information that the U.S. government was seeking. A magistrate judge issued the search warrant in December.

[Source: WSJ]