[…] As part of an FBI fraud investigation, a Philadelphia judge has ordered Google to obey search warrants for emails stored on servers outside the US. The court ruled that transferring the messages to the US didn't count as seizing foreign information, since there was no "meaningful" damage to the email account holder's "possessory interest" in that data. The privacy violation occurs when emails are disclosed in the US, the judge says.
Needless to say, Google isn't pleased. It directly cited Microsoft's victory as precedent, and argued that it had obeyed the warrant by handing over info that was stored in the US. The company believes that the judge "departed" from that precedent and intends to appeal the decision.
[…] Either way, the ruling shows that there isn't yet a final answer on handling data beyond US borders.