On Friday, Microsoft defied a federal court order to turn over email data held in Ireland to federal authorities. The company says it will hold on to the information as it appeals the court’s earlier decision allowing U.S. prosecutors to search and seize data held overseas.
Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer said in a blog post
Microsoft is committed to delivering meaningful privacy protections that build trust with our customers, and we know how much you value the contents of your email. We believe your email belongs to you, not us, and that it should receive the same privacy protection as paper letters sent by mail–no matter where it is stored.
Reports say this is the first time a major tech company has resisted a federal search warrant seeking data that is held outside the United States.