The Trump administration called on the US Supreme Court to drop a pending legal dispute over government access to e-mails stored abroad, as a new federal law made the case practically meaningful.
The law, which came into force on March 23. The massive draft bill sets rules for international data requests from law enforcement agencies. It gives tech companies an easier way to handle conflicts between government claims and customer privacy expectations.
The Supreme Court case heard by the judges in February stemmed from the use of a law from 1986. Unknown account on a Microsoft Corp. Server in Ireland. The Department of Justice said the news would provide evidence of drug trafficking.
The Justice Department said in a court ruling issued on Saturday that it had received a new arrest warrant for information under the new law. US Attorney General Noel Francisco said the Supreme Court should return the dispute to a court so that the case could be dismissed as unfounded.
Francisco also called on the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by the Federal Appeals Tribunal in favor of Microsoft that it "does not create uncertainty".
The Department of Justice and Microsoft both supported the new measure, the law clarifying lawful overseas data usage. The CLOUD Act, as it is known, makes it clear that US arrest warrants are in force all over the world and clarifies what data the government can access. It represents a new process for vendors to challenge US warrants and inform foreign governments to appeal.
The measure also creates rules for American companies when they receive requests for information from foreign governments. The US will be able to conclude agreements with other nations governing access.
During some arguments, some judges suggested that they would prefer to let congress solve the problem instead of solving it on the basis of a statute before the widespread introduction of the Internet] The case is against Microsoft, 1