Microsoft, U.S. face off again over emails stored in Ireland

A dispute between Microsoft and the U.S. government over turning over emails stored in a data center in Ireland comes up for oral arguments in an appeals court in New York on Wednesday.

Microsoft holds that an outcome against it could affect the trust of its cloud customers abroad as well as affect relationships between the U.S. and other governments which have their own data protection and privacy laws.

Customers outside the U.S. would be concerned about extra-territorial access to their user information, the company has said. A decision against Microsoft could also establish a norm that could allow foreign governments to reach into computers in the U.S. of companies over which they assert jurisdiction, to seize the private correspondence of U.S. citizens.

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IDG Contributor Network: Storage Made Easy rolls out a new version of its on-premises file-sharing appliance


At the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver earlier this year, there was one small booth in the that was quietly going about its business. Staffing the booth was Jim Liddle, CEO of Storage Made Easy, a UK startup in the enterprise file sharing and synchronization (EFSS) space. That there is a company in the EFSS space that isn’t based in Silicon Valley is enough of a shock, but the fact that, unlike the big names in the space (Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive) SME isn’t leveraging the public cloud for its storage makes things interesting. The fact that they were at the OpenStack Summit, an event that is all about private and hybrid cloud, meant that a chat with Liddle was in order.

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