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: Meh
by Alfman on Thu 1st Mar 2018 21:55 UTC in reply to "Meh"
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This is mostly a non-issue, those who care will move hosting to outside the USA/outside of US businesses. Those who don't will continue as is and get shafted. Not a huge deal. The older I get the more I see people kicking up a stink over this stuff. If you cared about privacy you wouldn't be running Windows and you wouldn't use the cloud. If you do, you get what you pay for. It's silly watching people argue for things like Africa developing a tech industry in one breath, then talk about using Windows there in the next. You're not teaching people about tech when they play with black boxes. Similarly it's silly watching people argue about privacy when they insist on running platforms that are inherently insecure, and known to be targeted by foreign governments.

Well, that's a defeatist attitude ;)

I'm not saying you are wrong about the way the world works, but I do disagree with your calling it silly to defend our rights as much as we can.

"Futile" -> probably
"Silly" -> no, it's quite serious.

Whether it's net neutrality, privacy, jailbreaking our own machines, etc, I sincerely hope we never give up on our rights. It is frustrating, I understand that, however if people cave in and accept the losses as a "non-issue", then we'll continue to loose ground to overreaching powers.

Edited 2018-03-01 21:57 UTC

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