Microsoft builds support over Ireland email case

Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith addresses shareholders during a Microsoft shareholders meeting on December 3, 2014, in Bellevue, WashingtonMicrosoft said Monday it had secured broad support from a coalition of influential technology and media firms as it seeks to challenge a US ruling ordering it to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland. The US technology giant, which says it has the backing of global heavyweights including Apple and Amazon, has for several months defied a court-ordered search warrant aimed at giving US agents investigating drug-trafficking access to a customer’s emails. As part of an appeal against the ruling, which tests the limits of US authorities’ right to access data stored outside the United States, Microsoft has been building support from other companies who have backed its case. “Seldom has a case below the Supreme Court attracted the breadth and depth of legal involvement we’re seeing today,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, wrote in a blog post.

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