Microsoft 's Argument For The United States Government

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Microsoft’s Argument
23 days later Microsoft responds to the brief. They were well prepared in their response. They named numerous reasons why the United States Government is wrong is this ruling. They refer to the Governments argument being built upon “quicksand.” Microsoft states “that private emails stored in a password-protected digital lockbox are the property of the customer, not Microsoft’s discoverable business records.” They went on to compare it with a bank investigation theory that if a customer was under investigation the bank would be required to disclose its ledger of transactions but not a customer’s safe deposit box. The Government could however obtain anything they wanted with a search and seizure.

Non DC Governments Stance
On the 18th of September 2014 several senators across the US introduced the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act of 2014. This act would limit the U.S. in assuming that it can access digital files. This new act would hold the U.S. responsible for going through the correct channels, MLAT, when attempting to seek access to files internationally.

After almost three months, the case picked back up momentum. On the 8th of December 2014, Microsoft Inc. files a brief to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Rather than name facts off at the beginning of their appeal, they took a softer approach painting a picture for the court in hopes of them seeing how things could be in the future. They open with “Imagine this scenario.…
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