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Hague reassures MPs on Office 365 data storage as Microsoft ordered to hand over email data

William Hague, the leader of the House of Commons, has responded to concerns raised by an MP about the security of parliamentary data stored on Microsoft’s Cloud-based servers in Europe.

“The relevant servers are situated in the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands, both being territories covered by the EC Data Protection Directive," William Hague wrote in a letter to John Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley. "Any access by US authorities to such data would have to be by way of mutual legal assistance arrangements with those countries.” [...]

John Hemming MP told Computer Weekly Hague’s reassurances carried little weight in the face of aggressive legal action by the US government. 

“The Microsoft case makes it clear that, in the end, the fact that Microsoft is a US company legally trumps the European Data Protection Directive [...] and where [the letter says] the US authorities could not exercise a right of search and seizure on an extraterritorial basis, well, they are doing that, in America, today.”


Sounds like they didn't think that through...
mail  privacy  parliament  office-365  microsoft  mlat  surveillance 
january 2015 by jm
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