Microsoft refuses to give U.S. authorities in Europe saved mail




Microsoft, the U.S. government refused to hand over mail traffic from a customer because the mail is stored in Europe. Microsoft claims to have lost, because they are afraid that the U.S. government will have access to their data customers.

The U.S. government believes that it can retrieve, because Microsoft and American company falls under the so-called Patriot Act, a law that the data U.S. companies obliged to hand where the government asks for, even if it comes about, for example, Europeans and data not all data are stored in the USA.

Microsoft has several objections to this practice, it appears from the document in which the business objects. The main objection seems to be a business. “Microsoft has with current and potential foreign customers seen increasingly concerned about access to information from the U.S. government,” it says in the document. “In some cases, customers apart from the purchase of services from Microsoft (…) If this trend continues, the earnings of U.S. technology to cloud services to governments and educational institutions to sell undermined worldwide.”

In addition, Microsoft to international trade laws and privacy to justify the objection refers writes The New York Times. It is known for the first time that a major American company objected to handing over data on European servers. Microsoft argued last week openly to stop this practice.

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