Yesterday, we reported that a federal judge in the US ruled Thursday that Microsoft must hand over e-mails stored on an overseas server to US authorities. Following a two-hour court hearing in New York, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said the warrant lawfully required the company to hand over any data it controlled, regardless of where it was stored. We already know that companies like AT&T, Verizon, Apple, Cisco and others filed their support for Microsoft’s argument in the court. Today Verizon and AT&T responded to court’s initial verdict, Verizon’s statement, “We respectfully disagree with the judge’s opinion for the reasons stated in our General Counsel’s prior blogs (here, and here) and in our amicus brief (PDF). We support Microsoft’s challenge to the decision. “These matters are very fact-sensitive, and while we have not received a request like this one before, if we were to receive a warrant from the United States ...

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