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U.S. Supreme Court to decide Microsoft email privacy dispute
October 16, 2017 / 1:41 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. Supreme Court to decide Microsoft email privacy dispute

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas.

The justices will hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation.

That decision by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals marked a victory for privacy advocates and technology companies that increasingly offer cloud computing services in which data is stored remotely.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham

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