In what is being heralded as a win for privacy, a federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that Microsoft does not have to hand over to the U.S. government customer data held in another country.
Does this mean that "our" sovereignty is intact or that Corporations reign supreme?
Don't worry. Governments overseas demand the blanket right to view emails etc and maintain surveillance about who talks to whom on the internet and telephone, so it's really not that hard in these days of electronic communication for secret police in one country to talk to the secret police in another. So all is well in the world of cyber-surveillance and we can all rest safe in our beds despite this foolish ruling of the USA's Supreme Court.
This seems a bit troubling - it makes it easy for any wrongdoing in e-mail, which the government would otherwise have a legitimate right to investigate and subpoena on probable cause, to be protected simply by storing it overseas,
I'm sure all the firms that help wealthy clients commit tax crimes will be happy to know how easy it is to keep the records from discovery?
I understand the idea of not letting every foreign government subpoena US servers, but isn't there some happy medium?