Microsoft Continuously Refusing to Handover Overseas Data to U.S. Government
Microsoft continues to deny the request of a controversial search warrant that the U.S. government is making due to an ongoing narcotics investigation; asking the software giant to turn over the emails stored in Ireland.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preka issued an order on Friday, commanding Microsoft to comply with the requests made by the Federal Government and hand over the emails stored in the company’s Ireland servers. Microsoft, on the other hand, issued a statement on Saturday, saying that it would not abide by the order and the case should go before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals – a feat which is backed up by many other technology giants.
Microsoft is holding that its customers’ emails throughout the world must enjoy the same protection as the U.S. In a statement issued to Reuters, a Microsoft’s spokesperson stated:
Microsoft will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal. Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court. This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to happen.
Seeing the Microsoft’s stance on the subject has made several other tech-based companies stand against the government on the said matter. Worried about the data of their own overseas customers, companies like Apple, AT&T, CISCO, and Verizon are fully supporting Microsoft’s arguments.
Microsoft’s arguments are indeed understandable. I mean, what will the U.S. government do if someone from a third-world country asks some company to turn over the personal data of U.S.’s citizens? Furthermore, it is morally and ethically wrong to do such a thing.
And let’s for the argument say that Microsoft somehow eventually hands over the data stored in Ireland servers to the U.S. Federal Government, what impact will that have on the company’s overseas customer-base? I, personally, will most certainly prefer a company who would not divulge my personal information to U.S. government or any government, in general.
What’s your take on this? Do you think Microsoft is right with their current stance of not divulging any information of its customer base or are you the one supporting U.S. government? Let us know in the comments below!