Make no mistake about it, California has passed a digital privacy law that impacts the national and global economy and represents a seismic change for compliance procedures in the US in much the same way that GDPR has changed privacy rules. Not only because California has the fifth largest GDP on the planet, but because of the simple fact that companies are not likely to create dual systems of mapping and processes to differentiate between Californians and its other customers.
In a victory for email privacy, a federal appeals court in New York has reversed a trial court’s ruling compelling Microsoft to turn over emails stored on servers located outside the US.  This latest ruling is one of several cases demonstrating that the law is trending towards privacy. This case involves governmental seizure of electronic records. The concern expressed in that case was that if the US could use an antiquated law to seek disclosure of records stored in the EU, other countries could use their local laws to compel US companies to disclose records to that country’s authorities. Microsoft’s attorneys correctly warned that this would create a “global free for all.”
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