McKenna on KIRO: Microsoft vs feds on data stored overseas

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a legal tussle between the federal government and Microsoft over when and how the government can access emails that are stored on servers overseas. According to The Hill, “Microsoft had argued it was bound to abide by the law of Ireland and that the Department of Justice should have requested the evidence through the United States’ treaty with Ireland to provide assistance whenever needed evidence was on foreign soil.”

Rob McKenna: “But it’s very important to other countries that their sovereignty be respected. Think about it the other way around. If the Chinese government issued a search warrant for digital documents stored on a server in Silicon Valley and said ‘we can just go right in there’ and start pulling files out of that Silicon Valley server, we’d be pretty unhappy about it.”

Dave Ross: “Yeah, that’s true.”

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