“It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information,” Stated US District Judge Loretta Preska on Tuesday.
Preska ruled in favor of the government that data stored on Microsoft servers needs to be handed over in association with a narcotics trafficking investigation.
“If Microsoft refuses to comply, the Court could find Microsoft in contempt, which would be a final order subject to appellate review,” the judge wrote.
Microsoft said Tuesday that “Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court. This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to happen.”
The government asked the judge to hold Microsoft in contempt.
“If Microsoft refuses to comply with the order, then the Government respectfully requests that the Court issue a contempt order that would, in turn, be a properly appealable final order, which could be stayed on consent pending appeal,” the government wrote.
“Verizon said (PDF) that a decision favoring the US would produce “dramatic conflict with foreign data protection laws.” Apple and Cisco said (PDF) that the tech sector is put “at risk” of being sanctioned by foreign governments and that the US should seek cooperation with foreign nations via treaties, a position the US said was not practical.
The Justice Department said that global jurisdiction is necessary in an age when “electronic communications are used extensively by criminals of all types in the United States and abroad, from fraudsters to hackers to drug dealers, in furtherance of violations of US law.””
Yet another example of the broken system that will one day rule us all through iron fisted military rule.[SOURCE](http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/judge-mulls-contempt-charges-in-microsofts-e-mail-privacy-fight-with-us/)