Microsoft is pushing for the adoption of a new LEADS Act (Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad) because it offers "essential reforms that rectify outdated privacy laws," including safeguards for U.S. data stored abroad. It's certainly obvious that there is a need for new legislation.
But it's unfortunately not obvious enough to the government that U.S. law enforcement agencies must realize there are boundaries (privacy protection for citizens) that should not be circumvented, at least not for something so common as drug trafficking.
And when there is a need to reach into and obtain data from a data center anywhere -- whether in the United States or abroad -- it's imperative that respect for legal standards be shown.
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