US court sticks to land­mark e-mail rul­ing

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AN EQUALLY di­vided fed­eral ap­peals court re­fused to re­con­sider its land­mark de­ci­sion for­bid­ding the US gov­ern­ment from forc­ing Mi­crosoft and other com­pa­nies to turn over cus­tomer e-mails stored on servers out­side the US. Yes­ter­day’s 4-4 vote by the 2nd US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in Man­hat­tan let stand a July 14 de­ci­sion that was seen as a vic­tory for pri­vacy ad­vo­cates, and for tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies of­fer­ing cloud com­put­ing and other ser­vices world­wide. But the dis­sent­ing judges said that de­ci­sion by a three-judge panel could ham­string law en­force­ment. “The panel ma­jor­ity’s de­ci­sion does not serve any se­ri­ous, le­git­i­mate, or sub­stan­tial pri­vacy in­ter­est,” Cir­cuit Judge Jose Cabranes wrote in dis­sent. Peter Carr, a spokesper­son for the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice, said: “We are re­view­ing the de­ci­sion and its mul­ti­ple dis­sent­ing opin­ions and con­sid­er­ing our op­tions.” – Reuters

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