Microsoft tells US: The worldâ€™s servers are not yours for the taking
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Microsoft's fight against the US position that it may search its overseas servers with a valid US warrant is getting nasty.
Microsoft, which is fighting a US warrant that it hand over e-mail to the US from its Ireland servers, wants the Obama administration to ponder a scenario where the "shoe is on the other foot."
"Imagine this scenario. Officers of the localÂ StadtpolizeiÂ investigating a suspected leak to the press descend on Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany," Microsoft said. "They serve a warrant to seize a bundle of private letters that aÂ New York TimesÂ reporter is storing in a safe deposit box at a Deutsche Bank USA branch in Manhattan. The bank complies by ordering the New York branch manager to open the reporter's box with a master key, rummage through it, and fax the private letters to theÂ Stadtpolizei."
In a Monday legal filing with the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, Microsoft added that the US government would be outraged.
"This case presents a digital version of the same scenario, but the shoe is on the other foot," the Redmond, Washington-based company said in its opening brief in a closely watched appeal.