Ireland and EU Side with Microsoft Against the US

Ireland and EU Side with Microsoft Against the US

Ireland and EU Side with Microsoft Against the US

Ireland and EU Side with Microsoft Against the US


Today Microsoft has gained the backing of Ireland and the EU in their defence against the United States Government in their ongoing court case regarding a US warrant which demands customer data which is contained in an server in Ireland.

Both Ireland and a European MEP have filed court papers which match Microsoft's policies that the US should ask foreign Authorities if it wants to access data in a foreign land. 

This is what Microsoft had to say on the issue back in June;

“The US government doesn’t have the power to search a home in another country, nor should it have the power to search the content of email stored overseas.”

“We’re continuing to challenge this search warrant in the courts as promised on behalf of our customers who expect and deserve basic privacy rights. The US government can’t execute a search warrant in other countries, and we don’t believe it has the authority to ask Microsoft to do what it can’t.”

 Ireland and EU Side with Microsoft Against the US


EU MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, vice chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs said the following in his brief (which can be found and read here);

“European law in effect forbids the transfer of personal data to third countries (including the United States) unless the recipient has established ‘European-style’ protections to ensure its privacy. For U.S. law to treat data stored in Europe as if it were stored in the United States is a territorial encroachment without justification…”


Ireland's minister of Data Protection, Dara Murphy has this to say;

"The right of individuals to the protection of their personal data is an essential foundation for modern society and the growing digital economy. We must ensure that individuals and organizations can have confidence in the rules and processes that have been put in place to safeguard privacy."


It is great to see Microsoft fighting for the rights of the consumer here, but if the US wins this court case Microsoft and all other companies based in the US will be forced to comply with future warrants like this. After than Microsoft will likely have problems with Ireland and the EU for breaking Privacy Protection Laws by complying with the US warrant, placing Microsoft in a very difficult position.


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Most Recent Comments

24-12-2014, 11:02:57

Excellent! I hope that every tech company relocates their data servers to the EU. That will teach the US a lesson.Quote

24-12-2014, 13:48:56

the U.S. spy programs, why can't allies just trust each other?Quote

24-12-2014, 19:07:03

I would love to see another country go up to the US and say "We demand unbridled access to all your information" bet they wouldn't open up their doors.Quote

24-12-2014, 19:36:39

I applaud anyone who opposes the US. Kudos to Ireland and the EU. Let's hope they don't buckle to the demands of those narcissistic fools.Quote

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