The Latest on U.S. v Microsoft: Microsoft Files Respondent Brief, Still More Amici Curiae Weigh In

On Thursday, January 11, Microsoft filed its brief in the U.S. v Microsoft case set to go before the Supreme Court in the 2017-2018 term. The central question in the case is whether the Stored Communications Act allows the U.S. government to compel an electronic services provider, through a probable-cause-based warrant, to disclose electronic communications stored abroad.  For further background on this case, see our past coverage on the IELR Blog here and here. Microsoft argues that Congress did not envision the Stored Communications Act to apply overseas. In 1986, when the statute was enacted, it was unimaginable that one day governments could secure data from overseas rapidly and inexpensively. Under the presumption against extraterritoriality established by Supreme Court precedent, legislation does not apply extraterritorially unless Congress clearly states or intends otherwise. Thus, the SCA has no extraterritorial application. According to Microsoft, a warrant that…

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