The CLOUD Act was signed into law on March 23, 2018. The bill allows U.S. law enforcement to obtain U.S. citizens’ private data from servers anywhere in the world, provided that an agreement exists with that country on data sharing. However, the CLOUD Act has already received tough criticism that raises 4th Amendment concerns.
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Civil liberty groups have come out strongly against the bill, arguing that it will make it easier for countries with poor human rights records to obtain data on dissidents. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF), Human Rights Watch and 21 other groups said the Act will give the executive branch too much power and not enough oversight. Under the CLOUD Act, the Attorney General and Secretary of State have extensive power over digital privacy without Congressional approval.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, and Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon about the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, legislation that will help put the U.S. and other countries on a path towards resolving the problem of cross-border data requests by law enforcement in the age of email and cloud computing.