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Microsoft again defies US order to hand over data from overseas server

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Microsoft continues to push backagainst a controversialsearch warrant procedure that the U.S. government, as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, is using to demand emails stored in Ireland.

On Friday, Microsoft responded to a new court order by repeating its position that it would not comply withthe data request, and insisting that the casego before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

While the details of the dispute are largely procedural, the case is significant because itcomes at a time of heightened European sensitivity overhow U.S. companies treat datastored on servers located in the European Union. As a result, Microsoft and others are anxious to signal to Europe that they will resist certaindata demands from the U.S. government.

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