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Court Denies U.S. Government’s Warrant to Obtain Overseas Data (New York)

Microsoft Corp. v. United States (In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-Mail Account Controlled & Maintained by Microsoft Corp.), 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12926 (2d Cir. N.Y. July 14, 2016) - In this case, the appellant...more

2016 Updates to Ediscovery for Defendants Cheat Sheet

We’ve been remiss in updating our cheat sheet devoted to ediscovery for defendants. Because of the broad nature of the topic – these cases can and do arise in a wide variety of non-drug/device contexts – we have to research...more

DOJ Responds to Microsoft Ireland' Decision With Proposed Legislation and Bilateral Agreements Allowing Cross-Border Data Searches

The recent appellate court decision in Microsoft Corp. v. United States, No. 14-2985, slip op. (2d Cir. July 14, 2016) (Microsoft Ireland), represents an important setback for the U.S. government’s aggressive extraterritorial...more

Second Circuit Eases Tension Between U.S. Discovery Requirements and EU Privacy Laws

Microsoft scored an important victory when the Second Circuit ruled that the government is not authorized to issue warrants for customer data stored overseas. In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled &...more

You’ve Got (Foreign) Mail: Can Law Enforcement Get to it?

Even though Microsoft is a U.S. corporation subject to domestic subpoenas and warrants, prosecutors are not entitled to emails stored on its servers abroad, the Second Circuit ruled last week in Microsoft Corp. v. United...more

The Stored Communications Act’s Warrant Provisions Do Not Apply Extraterritorially

On July 14, the Second Circuit in Microsoft v. United States ruled that the Stored Communications Act (SCA) “does not authorize a U.S. court to issue and enforce an SCA warrant against a United States-based service provider...more

Microsoft-Ireland: Decision underscores tension between privacy principles and the digital environment

The Second Circuit has rendered its long-awaited opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. United States (Microsoft-Ireland), finding that Microsoft was not obligated to turn over to the government a customer’s emails stored exclusively...more

Court: Stored Communications Act Warrant Cannot Be Used to Seize Data Held Overseas

In a case that may have significant impact for companies providing public Internet and cloud services, the Second Circuit has ruled that a federal court may not issue a criminal warrant ordering a U.S. company to produce...more

In the Matter of Microsoft: Why It Matters

On July 14, 2016, the Second Circuit released its decision in Microsoft Corp. v. United States, No. 14-2985, slip op. (2d Cir. July 14, 2016). The Second Circuit rejected the Government’s efforts to require Microsoft to turn...more

Second Circuit: Stored Communications Act Warrants Cannot Reach Overseas Data

On July 14, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) is subject to the same territorial restrictions as a traditional warrant: the government’s reach...more

“Run for the Hills” Validated by the Second Circuit: Warrants for Electronic Communications Cannot Apply Across International...

In the lore of the Wild West, when an outlaw needed to escape the hangman’s noose, he made a run for the border, hoping to cross the border before the sheriff could catch him. Today, with the Wild West of the Internet, where...more

Second Circuit Rules that Federal Warrants Do Not Apply to Electronic Information Stored Overseas

On July 14. 2016, the Second Circuit ruled that the government cannot lawfully use a search warrant to compel access to consumer data stored by Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) overseas. In its decision, the court overturned...more

Decision Holds That Search Warrant Cannot Compel Data Stored Overseas

The landmark ruling is the first by a federal court of appeals to address the extraterritoriality of the Stored Communications Act. Microsoft and other US-based internet service providers won a major victory on July 14...more

The Second Circuit Limits The Government’s Ability To Access Data Stored Overseas

In a case with important privacy implication for U.S. companies providing services ranging from e-mail, social networking, chat communications and remote storage, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal this week held in Microsoft...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal - Amid the Brexit fallout, the EU is pushing forward on its new “Privacy Shield” agreement with the...more

Second Circuit Holds that the U.S. Government Can’t Order Microsoft to Disclose Customer Emails Stored in Ireland

In a case closely watched by privacy advocates, on July 14, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) does not authorize U.S. law enforcement authorities to order U.S.-based companies...more

Airbnb Files Suit to Enjoin San Francisco Law

As expected, Airbnb filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday seeking to enjoin the recently enacted amendments to the City’s so-called “Airbnb law.” The suit seeks to strike...more

Quirky Question #283: They Stole Our Stuff, Can We Sue?

Question: My company recently terminated an employee, and we are very worried she accessed her email inappropriately in the days before she was fired. The timing of it all is … well, quirky. Here’s what happened: The...more

Mobile Device Privacy Considerations for Employers

The use of mobile devices in the workplace, including cell phones, tablets, and other devices, has generated significant risks for employers, both in terms of data security and of litigation strategy. Access to these devices...more

En Banc Fourth Circuit Rules No Fourth Amendment Protection For Cell-Site Location Information

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held in United States v. Graham, Nos. 12-4659 and 12-4825, in an en banc rehearing, that the government’s acquisition of historical cell-site location...more

Fourth Circuit Says Law Enforcement Doesn’t Need a Warrant to Figure out Where You Are

Like many people, Aaron Graham and Eric Jordan carried cell phones around in 2011. Unlike most people, Graham and Jordan were convicted of crimes arising from their participation in a series of armed robberies in that period,...more

Supreme Court rules technical statutory violations do not establish standing without actual injury

In a decision that will impact a consumer’s standing to bring a claim under a number of federal statutes that allow for significant statutory penalties, such as the Video Privacy Protection Act, the Stored Communications Act,...more

Laremy Tunsil’s Draft Slide May Result in Criminal or Civil Liability

If you watched the first round of the NFL Draft, the big story was the sliding of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil out of the top five to number 13. As the draft was unfolding, someone released a video of him smoking...more

Monitoring Employee Communications: A Brave New World

Over the last decade, communication via email and text has become a vital part of how many of us communicate in the workplace. In fact, most employees could not fathom the idea of performing their jobs without the use of...more

Are Changes in Store for the Stored Communications Act?

Last week saw action on two fronts regarding the Stored Communications Act (SCA) – the US federal statute regulating government searches of online accounts in criminal investigations. In Congress, a proposal to reform the SCA...more

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