Microsoft Challenges U.S. Government Spying Authority, Gains Support

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Can the U.S. government legally demand access to data stored on a foreign server?  As reported in ValueWalk, the question has zipped through technical circles ever since spy plans executed by the U.S. National Security Agency were publically revealed. Now comes legal efforts from Microsoft to block U.S. government access to emails stored in Ireland in a drug trafficking case, as Microsoft has an international supporter in the government of Ireland along with many U.S. tech and media concerns. Demands of U.S. officials from Microsoft The legal dispute over the U.S. government accessing emails stored on a foreign land has been…


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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing the impact of beta market environment on a technical trading strategy. A portfolio and industry consultant, wrote or edited three books including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and taught a course at Northwestern University's executive education program.