Supreme Court Battle Between Microsoft and U.S. Government to End Soon

Published By : 02 Apr 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Supreme Court battle of the U.S. government with Microsoft over the prospects of technology firms to be enforced to transfer data kept at a foreign land could reach its endpoint very soon, after the Federal prosecutors have asked the case to be dismissed. The U.S. President, Donald J. Trump signed a provision into the Federal law on March 22nd, 2018, making it clear that judges in the U.S. can issue warrants for these types of data, while allowing the companies to object if the request clashes with the foreign law.

On Friday, March 29th, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice declared the case ‘moot’, in a 16-page court filing that requested the dismissal, citing the freshly passed legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments of both the parties in the case on February 27th, which had been one of the most talked about case of the current term of the apex court. Some of the justices urged the Congress to pass a law in order to resolve the matter.

The Justice Department and Microsoft had been enclosed in the dispute over how the U.S. prosecutors seek out access to the data stored on foreign computer servers, specifically those, which are owned by American enterprises. The case involved the challenge by Microsoft to a domestic warrant issued by a U.S. magistrate for emails that were stored on a Microsoft server in Dublin, Ireland regarding a drug-trafficking investigation. This bipartisan new law, named as the Cloud Act, is supported by the Trump administration, Microsoft, and other leading technology companies.

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