Jun 16, 2014 3:06 PM

Tech giants seek to halt overseas snooping by US

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft and four other large American technology companies are using a New York court case to try to stop the U.S. government from accessing data stored outside the United States.

The companies say a magistrate judge erred in April when he ruled that the government can access email files Microsoft stores in Dublin, Ireland. The Manhattan jurist said a warrant he signed in December was not actually being carried out in Ireland because the data would be opened in the U.S.

But Microsoft, Verizon, Apple, Cisco and AT&T all say the ruling increases doubts by foreign governments and others that data they entrust to U.S. companies is kept confidential.

The companies are asking a district court judge to reverse the magistrate judge's ruling. A hearing is scheduled for late July.


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