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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

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    Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now. A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

    But the legal battle may be far from over. Thursday’s ruling could affect how the U.S. conducts surveillance over suspected criminals and terrorists overseas, so expect the government to appeal, said Roy Hadley, a lawyer at Thompson Hine who studies cybersecurity issues.

    “There’s a fine line between privacy and national security,” he said. “And it’s a difficult line to walk.”

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