Microsoft vs the United States of America – the risk of using US based services

Since December 2013 Microsoft have been fighting US efforts to make them export data, arguing that a U.S. judge has no authority to issue a warrant for information stored abroad.

What does this mean for European business? Even if you use a US firm that hosts in Europe, they are still likely to export that data to the US government on request* (not everyone is going to go to court on this, it’s easier to just comply with a court order – and hey it’s secret, so nobody will know!)

 It is possible that the EU will introduce a new safe harbor style agreement, but it’s unclear how any agreement can stop the US Government asking US business to share data.

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*European firms can of course also be forced to disclosed information under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties, but an MLAT request would require international co-operation, and could not be done secretly.