Tech Giants Join Microsoft In Calling For US Gov To End Use Of Warrants To Demand Overseas Data


Microsoft’s case to prevent the United States government from using search warrants to demand data that is not stored in the United States has picked up a number of high-profile backers, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon, AT&T, and, recently, Apple and Cisco.

The final two filed a joint amicus brief, which details their protest of the practice. Microsoft lost its initial suit, as it expected, and has refiled the case. I reached out to both Apple and Cisco for additional comment.

The United States government had issued a warrant for data stored on the company’s servers in Ireland. Microsoft didn’t think that it was reasonable for a United States-specific warrant to apply to overseas and extra-national data. As TechCrunch previously reported, it’s a reasonable point.

What’s noteworthy now is the amount of backing that Microsoft has picked up. More than a trillion dollars in market capitalization…

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