Feds Can’t Use US Warrants to Grab Foreign Data, Says Appeals Court

An appeals court has declined to revisit an earlier decision, ruling that the Justice Department cannot force Microsoft to turn over customer data stored on servers outside the US. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York was split 4-4 in a vote on Tuesday, leaving an earlier July decision in place, which was widely seen as a victory for tech companies and privacy advocates.

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said he welcomed the decision.

“We need Congress to modernize the law both to keep people safe and ensure that governments everywhere respect each other’s borders. This decision puts the focus where it belongs, on Congress passing a law for the future rather than litigation about an outdated statute from the past,” he said.

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