AEI: Domestic surveillance on foreign shores




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Can the US government access data stored on foreign shores? This question is at the center of the “Microsoft Ireland” case, which examines the legality of Microsoft giving data stored on servers in Ireland to the US Department of Justice.

Civil liberties groups, media, and tech firms argue that such access wrongly gives the US government jurisdiction over extraterritorial conduct and risks inviting foreign governments to seek US citizens’ private information. To others, denying lawful requests from government officials threatens national security interests. Still others believe the legislature should resolve this—not the courts.

Greg Nojeim will be speaking as part of the panel discussion.