New legislation calls to limit scope of US search warrants

News by Ava Fedorov

After the wild contention over how much cloud stored data US law enforcement has access to outside of the US (if any), Microsoft maintains that the Obama administration's current position will severely negatively impact all major US tech companies across the globe. A new legislative proposal, however, would still allow the US to access global servers with a search warrant, but limits the data obtained to only that of American citizens.

The proposed bill simultaneously seeks to bolster US cloud-storage privacy laws, which in their current state are muddled at best, having been patched together to accommodate technological advances, without streamlining them in a way that logically covers their rapid evolution.

Speaking to the press, senior attorney with the Centre for Democracy & Technology, Greg Nojeim, addressed concerns despite what appears to be a legislative step forward. “We can't support the LEADS Act because we are concerned about how the provision authorising long-arm warrants for the accounts of US persons would be administered, and whether we could reasonably expect reciprocity from other nations on such an approach," he said.

Meanwhile Apple is taking measures to ensure rock solid data privacy to its customers. According to online sources, its new privacy policy has been intentionally built to make it impossible for the company to turn over private data to law enforcement, even with a search warrant. This comes in conjunction with Google's decision to encrypt all email in transit, and many other tech companies are quickly following suit.


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