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Second Circuit Says Federal Warrant Cannot Be Used to Obtain Customer Data Stored Overseas in Cloud

On July 14, the Second Circuit ordered a lower court to quash a government warrant demanding that Microsoft turn over a user’s emails that resided on servers located in Ireland.  See Microsoft Corporation v. United States of America, No. 14-2985 (S.D.N.Y. July 14, 2016). 

The dispute concerned emails stored by a user of Microsoft’s web-based email service, outlook.com, which the government believed would show that the user was involved in drug trafficking.  A U.S. magistrate judge found probable cause and issued a warrant under Section 2703 of the Stored Communication Act (SCA).  Although Microsoft produced certain non-content information stored on its United States servers in response to the warrant, it filed a motion to quash the warrant as it pertained to the user’s emails which were stored on Microsoft’s servers located in Dublin, Ireland. Read More ›

It's official - EU approves Privacy Shield

Nine months after the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework for personal data was declared invalid by the EU Court of Justice, EU and U.S. officials announced the approval and adoption of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.  The Privacy Shield is a negotiated agreement that replaces the Safe Harbor Framework, and provides U.S. companies with a structure for establishing that their collection, use and transfer of personal data of EEA (European Economic Area) citizens is handled in a manner that provides adequate protection as required by EU data privacy laws.  It addresses the key concerns voiced by EU officials and others:  U.S. assurances concerning bulk data collection for government mass surveillance purposes; a right of redress in the U.S. for EU citizens and mechanisms for that redress; and a requirement for data retention. Read More ›

Brexit’s Implications on European IP

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to withdraw as a member of the European Union.  This British exit, or “Brexit,” will have far reaching implications and touch upon almost every aspect of European business over the coming years.  While the full impact of Brexit on European intellectual property is uncertain and will be determined largely by the laws and regulations adopted in response to the UK’s withdrawal, IP holders should consider taking steps now to avoid lapses in rights during or after the transition. Read More ›

A Podcast on Hiring and Safety Practices and Business Structures in the USA

I was honored to participate in CS Nordics' podcast debut for their "Smart Investing in the USA" podcast series.

The podcast provides advice to foreign business owners considering operations and investments in the USA. It focuses on hiring practices, safety laws, taxes, and how to engage, retain and utilize personnel. This resulted from the first Nordic Road Show by Select USA, the federal government’s effort to attract foreign direct investment into the USA.  I was fortunate enough to be the US business attorney representative who accompanied Select USA at six stops in five Nordic countries in late 2015. Read More ›

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Joseph J. Dehner Joe Dehner concentrates his practice on multinational business and securities disputes. He counsels a wide variety of companies, domestic and foreign, on issues confronting global business, including transnational investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, customs and trade issues, international business structures, distribution and agency agreements and the resolution of international disputes.

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