Google told to hand over foreign emails in FBI search warrant ruling | TechCrunch. As predicted, the litigation is burgeoning over the competing rights to privacy of computer data and the rights of law enforcement to get evidence of crime. At what point is data beyond the reach of the F.B.I. or any country's law enforcement for that matter? Google has been ordered to turn over emails stored outside the U.S. by a Magistrate in the U.S. in a domestic fraud investigation. The order seems to conflict with an Order last year preventing access to Microsoft customer data held in servers outside the U.S. The current ruling holds that requiring the transmission of the data doesn't constitute a "seizure". Sorry, Judge; but, this one doesn't pass the smell test. While we want law enforcement to have the tools to solve crimes, International law has to be considered when getting evidence from another country. On the other hand, in a world in which computer data resides anywhere in the world, we need laws that consider the implications of criminals hiding evidence on servers outside the jurisdiction of U.S. authorities.I don't have the answer; but, we had better figure out the questions first.