Supreme Court to Review Case Involving Privacy of Cloud Data

It’s time for Congress to Act. Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) called on Microsoft to turn over the cloud data belonging to a suspected criminal.  On the surface, such a request may seem routine, but the criminal was not a U.S. citizen, did not live in the U.S., and the cloud […]

Forbes: LinkedIn Deal Exposes Dominance in the CRM Market

This piece, written by Steve Pociask and available on Forbes, discusses Salesforces push for regulators to block Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn.  A look at the CRM (customer relationship management) market share figures, however, show that Salesforce in the dominant player in the market, which the merger will have not accretive affect on market concentration.

Second Attempt at Privacy and Justice

Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller have introduced the LEADs Act in the Senate. The bill would establish a framework for how the U.S. government can access data stored abroad during the course of a criminal investigation.  Alan Daley’s new piece, published in today’s Daily Caller, discusses why this bill is so important in protects U.S. economic interests abroad.   

DOJ Overreach Could Kill the Digital Economy

The health of the digital tech economy is inextricably linked to the health of the U.S. economy. According to a newly released Brookings Institute study, 61% of all U.S. exports were digitally delivered, and international digital trade was responsible for adding 2.4 million jobs. A McKinsey Report estimated that improved use of data could generate […]

Leadership Needed at DOJ

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a search warrant to Microsoft requiring it to produce the emails of an alleged Irish drug dealer. The emails are stored in Ireland on a Microsoft server. Irish law generally prohibits release of a citizen’s private information without authorization by Ireland – which has not been forthcoming. Microsoft faces […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: The DOJ’s 2 million Job Mistake

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a search warrant as part of a criminal drug investigation. While that may seem like a typical legal demand, the suspect lives in Ireland, and the email records that that the DOJ seek are being stored at a data center in Ireland belonging to an Irish subsidiary of […]

Daily Caller: Can the U.S. Seize Emails from Anywhere in the World?

ACI’s writer, Zack Christenson, wrote a piece in Today’s Daily Caller that discusses the DOJ’s attempt to seize emails on foreign citizens that are stored on foreign data centers.  The blog discusses the huge economic consequences of such actions and how Congress is attempting to fix the problem.  To print and read the piece, visit […]

Consumer Privacy by Default

Last week, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 10 within Windows 8 will ship with “Do-Not-Track” as the default on the browser.  For the uninitiated, Do-Not-Track is a feature that allows a user to tell websites they’re visiting to not  track where they’ve been and what websites they’ve visited.  This information is a treasure trove of […]