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The case turns on a law written in 1986, long before the advent of cloud computing, when lawmakers couldn't imagine a world in which Microsoft and other technology companies store data around the world.A federal appeals court agreed with Microsoft that the emails were beyond the warrant's reach because they are kept outside the U.S.Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and IBM are among other technology companies backing Microsoft.For as much interest as the case has drawn – 30 briefs from other technology companies, foreign governments, civil liberties groups, media companies and privacy experts – Congress could limit the effect of a high court ruling or make the case go away altogether if it were to pass bipartisan legislation updating the 1986 Stored Communications Act.The proposed legislation, known as the Cloud Act, has the backing of the administration and Microsoft.A decision in U.S. v. Microsoft, 17-2, is expected by late June.
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