Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Loses Challenge to U.S. Search Warrant


Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently went to court to appeal the U.S. Search warrant in which the software behemoth was asked to hand over the e-mails of one of its customers that it had stored in its data centers in Ireland.  Several of U.S. Tech firms, including Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are already bearing the brunt globally of helping the NSA in spying over individuals and governments. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)  had focused its appeal on the same basis that its business is getting affected due to accepting such requests from the U.S. Government.

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Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson reported this along with the likely implications of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) losing this challenge on Bloomberg.

“The court over the U.S. Federal district judge of Manhattan today upheld the federal magistrate’s decision requiring the company to turn over e-mails in a drug investigation. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) argued that these kinds of requests really hurt their business and indeed,” Johnson said.

The program also featured a small part of an interview with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s general counsel, Brad Smith, in which he said that he believes that request like these are a problem for everyone in the tech sector, especially those that are in the cloud computing business, and not just Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Johnson believes that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going to take its appeal further and won’t just hand over the e-mails to the authorities just like that even though Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) hasn’t disclosed what it intends to do regarding this matter.

Fundamentally this is about a single drug case, but their are bigger implications for global businesses in technology, is a very big deal. You see, some companies responding by moving servers to overseas, they thought that might help them from the leash of the NSA. You have also seen Verizon loss a big deal in Germany because of the issues of NSA and spying,” Johnson added.


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