Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Mar 2018 01:00 UTC, submitted by Alfman

Should the United States government be able to conduct a search of your emails if they are stored on a server in another country, or does the government’s right to examine digital evidence stop at the border?

That is a central question in United States v. Microsoft, a case scheduled to be argued on Tuesday before the Supreme Court.

Both sides in the case have legitimate concerns. If the court sides with Microsoft and declines to allow searches for data stored in another country, the government will be hampered in investigating crimes like terrorism, child pornography and fraud.

If the court sides with the government and rules that it may demand data stored overseas by American companies, those companies will find it much harder to do business abroad. This is because many foreigners fear that United States warrants authorizing such searches will disregard privacy protections afforded by their country. The government of Germany, a country with stringent privacy laws, has already indicated it will not use any American company for its data services if the court decides to allow searches.

At this point, I feel like it's just safer to assume all data stored online or sent from one device to the next is essentially not secure in the sense that no one will be able to read if they really wanted to. It's not the way it should be, but I don't think there's a whole lot we can do about it - regardless of the outcome of legal cases such as this one.

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RE[2]: Comment by Lorin
by leech on Thu 1st Mar 2018 16:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Lorin"
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I'm just waiting for the day that there is an alien invasion or other global catastrophe, then well... there probably will no longer be any borders and mankind will be forced to realize we shouldn't be fighting each other over stupid crap.

Then again, mankind would probably take that opportunity and screw it up too. ;)

More on topic... why is the US government at the level of needing to look at emails stored out of the US worried about anything other than high level of attacks, etc. It's not like other countries are all about supporting child porn, and if any of them are, there should be a collective to nuke their asses.

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