Warrants Issued Under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) Cannot Reach Data Stored Outside the US

    View Authors July 2016

    On July 14, 2016, a US appellate court held that Microsoft could not be compelled to produce customer emails stored on servers located in Ireland. In a ruling heralded as a victory for privacy rights, the court held that warrants or subpoenas issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) have no extraterritorial application and thus cannot compel the production of data stored outside the US.