NEW YORK, July 31 Microsoft Corp must turn over
a customer's emails and other account information stored in a
data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a U.S. judge
ruled on Thursday, in a case that has drawn concern from privacy
groups and major technology companies.
Microsoft and other U.S. companies had challenged
the warrant, arguing it improperly extended the authority of
federal prosecutors to seize customer information held in
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York said a search
warrant granted to prosecutors by a federal magistrate judge
required the company to hand over any data it controlled,
regardless of where it was stored.
The judge said she would temporarily stay her order from
taking effect to allow Microsoft to appeal her decision to the
2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)