Extract from article by Devin Coldeway from TechCrunch
A long-running legal battle between the U.S. government and Microsoft has been dismissed by the Supreme Court after the crux of the conflict was mooted by recent legislation. The company will now be forced to provide data stored on servers in Ireland that it had previously said should be obtained through that country’s authorities.
It would be premature and simplistic to say that this is a good or bad thing in the world of privacy — it depends a lot on who you trust and the shifting sands of courts and regulations. Its effects will likely be mixed and will provoke new legal battles while settling others, like this one. Lawmakers, tech companies, and advocacy organizations will all be watching closely.
Supreme Court Ruling (PDF)17-2_1824