The end of free movement: what SMEs need to know
Last Thursday, in the case of Hegglin v Google Inc. & ORS (2014) QBD, the High Court granted a businessman leave to serve proceedings under the Data Protection Act 1998 out of the jurisdiction on Google, seeking injunctive relief in respect of defamatory comments posted on websites by an anonymous individual.
A New York Court has held that Microsoft Corp must disclose to investigators the content of an unidentified customer’s MSN.com web based email account stored in a data center in Ireland that it controls and maintains to the US government in the context of an investigation. As the US District Judge upheld the Federal Magistrate’s decision, Microsoft, which argued that this was an illegal search and seizure of customer information held outside the US, lost its challenge to the US government search warrant. Microsoft has already indicated its intention to appeal.
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