Government of Ireland and a member of the European Parliament has now filed amicus briefs separately with the court in support for Microsoft’s argument in the case challenging a U.S. search warrant for customer email stored in Ireland.
The Irish government’s engagement underscores that an international dialogue on this issue is not only necessary but possible. We’ve long argued that it’s best for law enforcement to move forward in a way that respects people’s rights under their local laws. We’re grateful that government voices have now joined those of leading companies, advocacy organizations and academic experts.
Ireland and members of the European Parliament have a unique and important perspective to bring to the case. The warrant at issue operates as the exercise of U.S. law enforcement authority on Irish territory, something that can be done only with the consent of the Irish government. As the briefs note, there is an existing mutual legal assistance treaty between Ireland and the U.S. that the U.S. can use to obtain the email.
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