e-mail privacy laws: You want privacy? Too Bad! Now Politicians get it!

It took a shakedown, it took a threat, take their privacy away and “now” they see the light! Doesn’t matter what is happening to us the 99% until the 1% are effected by it. And Microsoft was happy to let the 99% twist in the wind until politicians put pressure on Microsoft to hand over the “files”. Only after that do we the 99% get any privacy that we all deserved in the first place from the bad actors above!

Checking email from the beach, Washington?

“Checking email from the beach, Washington?” Microsoft says in the ad, which refers vacationers to a website it set up about the case. “Then you may be just as concerned as most Americans about who has access to your emails saved in the cloud.”

Starting Wednesday, the software giant is running full-page ads in the newspapers of a number of popular beach spots frequented by Washingtonians to make the case for why the company should not have to turn over emails stored on a foreign server. The ads are running in weekly newspapers in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Martha’s Vineyard and North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The company noted that 83 percent of people in a recent poll it commissioned thought that the same protections should apply to information stored digitally as on paper.

“Microsoft believes you own your emails no matter where they are stored,” it said. “That’s why we’ve gone to court to ask the government to follow long-established, internationally agreed upon processes to obtain emails rather than forcing technology companies to turn them over.”

A federal judge recently ruled against the software company, though Microsoft has pledged to appeal.

Other major tech firms including Apple, Verizon and AT&T have signed on in support of Microsoft, as has the digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The ad comes in response to a federal judgement in which Microsoft was ordered to share the private email data of users with investigators as part of a criminal case.

Microsoft has been pushing for new privacy rules ever since a federal judge this summer ordered the company to turn over a customer’s e-mails from an overseas server to U.S. law enforcement. Microsoft and several privacy advocates argued that doing so would set a dangerous precedent that would allow the U.S. government to order firms to give up content regardless of where the data are stored.

Your government  has an interest in gaining access to communications stored overseas without having to rely solely on cooperation from foreign law enforcement. Currently your email is treated as a company’s business records – Imagine That! My email is MINE!

Microsoft is squaring off against the Justice Department in a case that could have drastic ramifications for the protections on people’s data. Not to mention their bottom line. If microsoft can’t protect your privacy then what business around the world is going to want to do business with microsoft software <THINK CHINA>

legal protections for emails and documents stored in data centers abroad, turning the issue into a landmark battle over digital privacy is only about their 1% bottom line.

Who is going to want to do business with Microsoft products?

Microsoft challenged the warrant, claiming that the U.S. government does not have any authority to go after information stored in Ireland, without permission from the local government. Instead, Microsoft argues that the U.S. needs to go through a treaty process that allows it to get evidence from foreign countries.

Repairing the public’s trust? I don’t think so!!

After more than a year of disclosures from our hero  Edward Snowden caused many to be wary of American tech products, and learning about the conflicting laws between different nations this is about microsoft losing market share as well. The European Union, for instance, which has taken a much stronger approach to privacy, might take issue with a company that shuttled data stored abroad back to the U.S. government.

Judge Loretta Preska agreed with the government that the question came down to who controls the data, not where it is stored. Preska also ruled that personal emails are considered a “business record” under the law.

Someone better take Loretta to school it’s 2014.

1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act outlines rules for protecting digital information under the constitutional right to privacy, but does not provide a clear legal framework for dealing with the data stored on servers outside of U.S. territory, since the concept of multinational data centers.

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