International norms

“Microsoft, U.S. Argue Over Data Privacy,” The Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2015 B4. The DOJ said that a German court could force a German company to turn over data stored in the US, so a company sued in the US can be forced to turn over data held in Ireland.

Go figure.  It’s “an international norm,” says DOJ.  Ireland hasn’t weighed in on this particular case.  And the transfer may violate EU privacy law.

Interesting ruling from both a privacy perspective and a discovery perspective.

I guess US companies can’t safely hide information assets outside the country without letting go of all control over it.

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