October 1, 2014

ACS to Host Call on Warrants and Data Stored Overseas – Microsoft Against the Government

cloud computing, data storage, Digital Privacy, Microsoft







Paul Guequierre


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Is a federal warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act, served in New York for emails stored at a data facility in Dublin, Ireland, valid under the 4th Amendment? Arguing that the federal warrant does not have extraterritorial reach, Microsoft is appealing a case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court with potentially significant consequences for the cloud computing age. The case raises a host of questions about the nature of global data networks: does the Electronic Communications Privacy Act apply to data stored outside the U.S.; is content stored in the cloud part of the service provider’s business records; and how do we address the increasingly complex nature of overlapping jurisdictions in the global digital age? What is the balance that protects public safety, preserves our fundamental freedoms, and promotes trust in technology? Join us for a call with James Garland of Covington and Burling and Nate Jones of Microsoft for a discussion on what The Washington Post refers to as “one of the most intriguing, consequential, and complex legal cases having to do with technology now in the courts.” 

WHAT: A conference call with James Garland of Covington & Burling and Microsoft attorney Nate Jones. Speakers will make remarks and respond to questions.


  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • James Garland, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Nate Jones, Attorney, Microsoft’s Office of the General Counsel.

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Eastern / 1:00 p.m Pacific

WHERE:  Reporters are invited to participate by calling (888) 417-8533 and entering the conference ID number: 5212781

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), founded in 2001 and one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations, is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals dedicated to making the law a force to improve lives of all people. For more information about the organization or to locate one of the more than 200 lawyer and law student chapters in 48 states, please visit www.acslaw.org.