Stored Communications Act—Extraterritorial Application

United States v. Microsoft Corp., No. 17-2

The Stored Communications Act permits the government to procure warrants to obtain information from providers of electronic communications services or remote computing services, when it has probable cause to believe that a crime is being committed.  Today, the Supreme Court agreed to resolve a dispute concerning whether the Stored Communications Act applies extraterritorially, to information stored outside the United States.  The particular dispute concerns a warrant issued to Microsoft Corp. for emails stored at its datacenter in Ireland.