US & Microsoft return to court over access to Dublin data

US DC NYFinally, after going quiet for several months, the US Gov & Microsoft is set to return to court. The US government had obtained a court ruling under the US Stored Communications Act to allow it to gain access to data held in Microsoft’s Dublin datacentre. Microsoft had resisted on the basis that Irish law should apply to data held in Ireland and that the US government should apply under the appropriate treaty to get access. The Irish government has apparently said it would consider such a request “expeditiously”.

I’m not one to be dramatic, but this ruling could affect the whole of US cloud business in the EU. If the US government can get access to data simply because there is a US provider in the supply chain, that is likely to result in customers favouring non-US supply chains.

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