Can the US Government Seize Overseas Data?
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have far-reaching implications on law enforcement’s ability to access digital records.
In US v. Microsoft, the tech giant is challenging a US search warrant involving data stored in servers located in Ireland. The case poses major questions over data access in the Internet age.
The case hinges on the Stored Communications Act, which was passed in 1986, long before the explosion of emails and the Internet.
The government argues that access to records stored by US companies overseas is vital as evidence for criminal cases such as terrorism, child pornography and fraud.
Michael Whitener of VLP Law Group discusses the potential implications of the case.
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