Tech Companies Support Microsoft Over Stored E-mails

Dozens of large tech companies, business groups and consumer privacy advocates offered support in Microsoft’s ongoing court battle with the U.S. government over customer emails stored offshore, arguing that requiring Microsoft to turn them over will prompt consumers to avoid U.S. companies’ cloud-based services. Verizon Communications, eBay, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were among the companies and business groups that filed amicus briefs today in the case, arguing that requiring Microsoft to turn over the records would set an unfortunate international precedent.