(Computer World) – Microsoft has in a landmark case challenged in U.S. federal court a search warrant for private email communications located in the company’s facility in Dublin, Ireland, after a magistrate judge quashed in April its opposition to the warrant.

The company like many others in the technology industry is concerned that the U.S. government’s demands for data held abroad could spook customers abroad from their cloud and other services.

Verizon Communications has filed a brief Tuesday supporting Microsoft’s petition. Other companies are expected to follow, according to The New York Times.

Verizon believes that the magistrate judge’s decision to allow a search warrant for the email was wrong, since U.S. law does not allow the government to issue search warrants to obtain customer data stored overseas, according to the company’s general counsel, Randal S. Milch, in an emailed statement.


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