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Supreme Court Hears Microsoft Email Privacy Case

The Supreme Court will decide how much access the federal government should have when obtaining your emails.
Posted at 4:27 PM, Feb 28, 2018

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could change how the federal government deals with digital privacy both within the United States and abroad. The case centers around Microsoft's decision to refuse a warrant for emails during an investigation. The tech giant handed over pertinent email information to the government, but refused to hand over the emails themselves, claiming they were stored on a server in Ireland. Microsoft argues the warrant should be based on where the files are physically, while the government argues since Microsoft is an American company and the emails were written in the U.S. by an American who owned the email address, it should be able to access them.