Representatives from the Department of Justice (DoJ) and Microsoft each made their arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday in a case that could determine what rights governments have in accessing information contained in the cloud. Microsoft’s counsel told the court that compelling it to hand over data stored on servers in Ireland “is an execution of law enforcement seizure on their land … We would go crazy if China did this to us,” The Guardian reports. The DoJ argues that the emails should be considered business records, meaning a search warrant would suffice. However, Microsoft argues they are customers’ personal documents. The three-judge panel could hand down a decision as early as October or as late as February, the report states.
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