Microsoft Corporation[NASDAQ:MSFT] has been under the gun from the U.S. Department of Justice as an ongoing investigation into digital documents that were stored in Ireland that relate to a specific case. Microsoft uses servers in Ireland, and even servers in many other countries across the entire world to spread out the amount of data that is collected in specific regions. The company is a global entity, and it makes sense for them to carry servers – and even house server farms across the entire globe.
However, those farms and those servers are ultimately covered under the laws of the nations that they are housed. This particular farm is located in Ireland, so it is covered under Irish law. The DOJ’s move to obtain a search warrant for those documents and details ultimately shows the distrust between tech companies and the federal government. Microsoft says that it would open up the United States to being required to reveal information within these data farms that they would otherwise not want to reveal to other countries, and could discredit the United States.
Brad Smith of Microsoft – speaking at a Microsoft-sponsored event at the beginning of the week pointed out that “telling an American that their rights are no longer going to be protected by the Constitution, they’re no longer going to be protected by U.S. law; they’re going to be protected by Irish or Chinese law or Brazilian law,” would be counterproductive for the U.S. as well as global security.
He went on to point out that ultimately what people are worried about is their privacy in the global state. Emails, photos, and documents all of which are stored in the various cloud systems, create a situation where governmental agencies could access information without barriers and use things against individuals that otherwise should not be used.
Microsoft is joining forces with Apple, AT&T, Verizon, eBay, and Amazon – alongside many media organizations that are similarly jumping into action. These tech companies though, aren’t trying to deny access to anyone – as much as they’re trying to promote fairness to the individuals who put information on these networks. As security concerns are constantly looming, no one wants to grant the government “unfettered access to it,” as Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology pointed out in a statement as well.