DoJ Files Petition to Reopen Microsoft Email Warrant Case

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The U.S. Department of Justice is not done with Microsoft just yet it seems.

The DoJ filed a petition last week to reopen a case where a court ruled in July that a warrant to seize email from a Microsoft server in Ireland was invalid.

The case was held up as a huge victory for Microsoft in the name of user privacy, but experts acknowledged at the time that the decision would likely be appealed if the government lost.

According to a report by The Hill on Friday, the DoJ has filed for a new hearing in front of the full appeals court for the Southern District of New York.

In the filing, the DoJ argues that the effect of July’s ruling has already harmed “important investigations, and it has potentially far-reaching consequences.”

“In the best cases, the Government may be able to obtain this information via the costly, cumbersome and time-consuming process of seeking legal assistance from foreign authorities pursuant to treaties, where available; but in many cases the Government will have no means of obtaining the information at all,” the DoJ said, according to The Hill.

According to the DoJ, “since Microsoft can transfer the information at will, without leaving the U.S., the evidence should be covered by a U.S. warrant.”

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