Domestic surveillance on foreign shores: The case of Microsoft’s servers in Ireland

American Enterprise Institute
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Can the US government access data stored on foreign shores? This question is at the center of the “Microsoft Ireland” case, which examines the legality of Microsoft giving data stored on servers in Ireland to the US Department of Justice.

Civil liberties groups, media, and tech firms argue that such access wrongly gives the US government jurisdiction over extraterritorial conduct and risks inviting foreign governments to seek US citizens’ private information. To others, denying lawful requests from government officials threatens national security interests. Still others believe the legislature should resolve this—not the courts.


9:15 AM
Registration and breakfast

9:30 AM
Viet Dinh, Bancroft PLLC

10:00 AM
Panel discussion


  • Bryan Cunningham, The Chertoff Group
  • Jennifer Daskal, American University
  • Viet Dinh, Bancroft PLLC
  • Gregory Nojeim, Center for Democracy and Technology

Shane Tews, AEI

10:45 AM

Shane Tews, AEI

11:00 AM