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EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case

EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case
From Reuters - December 7, 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justices appealagainst a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

The case has attracted significant attention from technology and media companies due to concerns that an unfavorable final ruling could deter customers from using cloud services because of concerns that their data could be seized.

In the lower court ruling last year Microsoft successfully challenged a search warrant secured by federal prosecutors wanting to obtain emails stored on its computer servers in Dublin in connection with a drug trafficking investigation, arguing that to hand over the emails directly would undermine peoples trust in cloud computing services and set a dangerous precedent.

The Supreme Court in October agreed to hear the U.S. administrations appeal against the decision.

The European Commission said on Thursday it would submit an amicus brief to the court.

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