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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Michael Kan | July 15, 2016
Thursday's ruling says the U.S. can't force Microsoft to give up emails stored on a server in Ireland

The judges who ruled Thursday didn’t agree. The law was enacted in 1986, long before the mainstream Internet or any remote computing, wrote judge Gerard Lynch.

To avoid these legal disputes with the tech industry, Congress should modernize laws on data privacy and clearly define them, Newman said.

“You’re dealing with analog rules in a world that has totally changed,” he said. “Congress needs to roll up their sleeves and figure out the right balance.”


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