Manufacturers Respond to U.S. Department of Justice Decision in Microsoft v. US

Washington, D.C., June 24, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice decision in Microsoft v. US:

“We are disappointed that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to appeal the Second Circuit's decision in Microsoft v. US. We think the court correctly decided that U.S. law does not permit an extension of warrants outside the United States. Ultimately, Congress can and should act to modernize the governing statutes in this area, which are decades-old. Law enforcement should be able to access digital information in a timely manner and protect individual liberty at the same time. This is achievable through adopting a modern, 21st-century framework like the proposed bipartisan International Communications Privacy Act."

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org..