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US seeks end to Supreme Court privacy fight with Microsoft on overseas data

Some justices urged Congress to pass a law to resolve the matter


The US government’s Supreme Court battle with Microsoft over whether technology companies can be forced to hand over data stored overseas could be nearing its end, after federal prosecutors asked that the case be dismissed. President Donald Trump on March 22 signed a provision into law making it clear that US judges can issue warrants for such data, while giving companies an avenue to object if the request conflicts with foreign law. “This case is now moot,” the US Department of Justice said, citing the newly passed legislation, in a 16-page court filing on ...

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First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 01:27 IST