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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dropped a high-profile case over government access to emails stored overseas after both sides said a new federal law stripped the case of any practical significance.
The case, which pitted the Justice Department against Microsoft Corp., had loomed as a major clash over digital privacy and international law enforcement. It stemmed from a federal drug-trafficking investigation and the Justice Department’s use of a 1986 law to seek emails from an unidentified account kept on a Microsoft server in Ireland.
The article goes on to state the following:
During arguments in February, some justices suggested they would prefer letting Congress address the issue rather than resolving it based on a decades-old statute. The court had been set to rule by June.
The new law, enacted March 23 as part of a massive government spending bill, lays out rules for international data requests by law enforcement. It gives tech companies an easier way to navigate conflicts between government demands and customer privacy expectations.
“The parties agree that the new warrant has replaced the original warrant. This case, therefore, has become moot,” the court said.
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