A judge in the US district court has ruled against Microsoft, in its attempt to stop a US government search warrant over emails stored in Ireland.
The judge rejected Microsoft’s appeal of an earlier ruling which stated it would have to provide the US government with access to emails stored in a datacenter in Dublin.
But Microsoft argues that because the data is stored in Ireland it should take into account Irish and European data protection laws.
The court believes that because Microsoft’s headquarters reside in the US, it must adhere to US law, even if the data is stored overseas.
Microsoft will be allowed to appeal the ruling.
Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith has wrote a blog attacking the US government’s attitude to privacy, which he says is in breach of the US Fourth Amendment.
Smith called on the US government to end the bulk collection of data and increase transparency.
This latest blog post follows on from Microsoft announcing in May that it had successfully thwarted a gagging order by the NSA, when the spy agency wanted access to an enterprise customer’s details.
Smith said in the blog that Microsoft was being challenged in Europe because of people’s concerns over data privacy, which could affect the company’s ability to provide cloud services.