03 Apr Microsoft US Govt Privacy Fight Near End as Trump Signs New Data Law
The US Department of Justice remarked this week that the privacy case involving Microsoft and the US government’s access to data in its Ireland servers may now be moot due to a provision signed by President Donald Trump last March 22.
The Cloud Act, which has been signed into a law, now allows U.S. judges to issue warrants for data stored overseas, while giving companies an avenue to object if the request conflicts with foreign law. However, civil liberties groups said that the law, which is supported by major tech companies and the Trump administration, lacked sufficient privacy protections.
The DoJ had already filed a 16-page request for dismissal last Friday while Microsoft has yet to issue a response.