Google has been one of the many tech companies that are urged by the FBI to infringe private property and release information from their customers. The same case happened to Twitter, Amazon, Apple and other organizations as well. All of them are trying to protect the idea of digital security. On the other hand, authorities are trying to solve criminal cases based on the help of these tech giants. As of recently, a U.S. judge concluded this controversy by ruling in favor of an FBI search warrant. The demanded private emails have high chances to solve a lawsuit of domestic fraud.
Google has just received the new decision of a U.S. judge that obliges the company to obey an FBI search warrant. The new ruling is controversial itself. Back in 2016, a court judgment allowed Microsoft to keep its extraterritorial data from Ireland away from U.S. authorities. The information in question regarded personal details of their customers that the U.S. government wanted as proof for some of their lawsuits. Thus, there is a legal precedence in such a case which the new ruling didn’t comply to.
On the other hand, the legal decision that regards Google handled the act of releasing private emails in a different way from the precedent case. The U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter defined the nature of this FBI search warrant as not a seizure. According to the ruling, the act of privacy infringement would enter into effect only if the United States decide to make it public. Previously, the transfer of private data constituted the moment the U.S. request became an unlawful act.
The whole defending case prepared by the Google company relied on the existence of precedence which was the Microsoft case. The organization has already handed over information that was stored in the U.S. territory only. This is why the company is preparing an appeal constructed around the idea that the magistrate has not considered the presence of precedent.
In the light of increasing number of such cases, the Government feels the pressure to make the fine line between legal judgments and the protection of privacy more prominent. While the Department of Justice continues to try accessing private emails, the privacy advocates are against such invasions. Moreover, if the court expands the power of warrants outside U.S. territory, the situation can also become an international issue.
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