While Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith was making his case to The Guardian that, “The power to embark on unilateral law enforcement incursions into a foreign sovereign country—directly or indirectly—has profound foreign policy consequences,” a host of major tech firms were busy filing legal briefs in support of Microsoft in its case with the U.S. government. At issue is access to emails held on Microsoft servers in Ireland the government wants for a drug-trafficking investigation. Microsoft says the emails don’t belong to them and EU privacy law prevents access. The Washington Post reports 10 groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, “filed briefs arguing that privacy rights are at stake.” The case is currently before a federal appeals court. (Registration may be required to access this report.)
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