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Microsoft responds to speed of CLOUD Act enactment and data privacy concerns

April 06, 2018 / James Bourne

Microsoft has admitted the speed in which the CLOUD Act was enacted was ‘a bit of a shock’ – but added there was more to do to protect users’ privacy rights across borders. The act, which stands for ‘clarifying lawful overseas use of data’, was signed into law two weeks ago and ultimately represents the culmination of a case which began four years ago concerning an email in Dublin. During a drug trafficking investigation in 2013, Microsoft refused to provide details of an email that a US citizen had stored on one of its servers in Ireland. Microsoft’s argument was: if the US government does not have the power to search a home in another country, it should not have the power to search the contents of emails stored overseas.