Microsoft has had its victory against the US Department of Justice (DoJ) upheld in a case relating to data access in foreign nations.
The case relates to a suit the DoJ had first filed in 2013 that said it had a legal right to request data from Microsoft that was stored in Ireland. Microsoft challenged the decision that initially found in the DoJ's favour, and was successful in a decision handed down last year.
Now Reuters reports that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals court issued a split 4-4 decision on whether or not to consider an appeal, a decision that means the original ruling stands.
The victory for Microsoft will once again be welcomed by privacy campaigners and the wider US technology market, as it removes the worry for customers that their data could be seized by US authorities at any time, even if stored in the European Union.
However, several of the judges said the case underlined the need for the laws to be updated so the US had more grounds on which to request such data.
"We recognise at the same time that in many ways the SCA (the U.S. Stored Communications Act) has been left behind by technology," Judge Susan Carney wrote in Tuesday's decision, Reuters reported.
"It is overdue for a congressional revision that would continue to protect privacy but would more effectively balance concerns of international comity with law enforcement needs and service provider obligations in the global context in which this case arose."
Microsoft has yet to comment on the decision.
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