New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has filed a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court on the U.S. v. Microsoft case. In the brief, Edwards asks the Supreme Court to uphold the principle against the applicability of domestic laws in another country. Edwards’s submission states, if the U.S. were to execute a search warrant for data within New Zealand, it would be in violation of the country’s privacy laws. The privacy commissioner also called for more cooperation in allowing law enforcement to access information and to ensure companies holding data do not face conflicting legal obligations. The Irish government has also filed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, taking a “neutral” stance on the case.
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