Senate Bill Gives US Enforcers Power to Access Overseas Digital Information

There is a little known bill circulating through the Senate that would grant US Law enforcement officers the power to go after digital information stored overseas.

While Americans bicker over Trump’s calls for a military parade, this bill quietly advances, a bill that is absolutely designed to target the efforts by people to escape the watchful eye of the coercive enterprise.

Senate bill aims to establish framework for US law enforcers to access information stored overseas

A framework would be established for law enforcers to legally access email communications stored on overseas cloud-based servers, and U.S. officials would be authorized to negotiate bilateral data sharing agreements with foreign countries, under a Senate bill announced on Monday.

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act would also establish a process for providers of email and cloud computing services to challenge warrants for data stored overseas. Additionally, providers would be able to disclose to a foreign government when a warrant has been issued for information stored in that country.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who announced the bipartisan bill on the Senate floor on Monday, said email and cloud computing has put the nation’s data privacy laws “on a collision course with the privacy laws of other countries.”

“This state of affairs causes problems both for law enforcement and for email and cloud computing providers,” Hatch said. “It causes problems for law enforcement because warrants traditionally stop at the water’s edge and because laws in other countries may prohibit disclosure to foreign law enforcement. And it causes problems for email and cloud computing providers because they find themselves caught between orders by U.S. law enforcement to disclose data in other countries and laws in those other countries that may forbid such disclosure.”

In United States v. Microsoft, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether U.S. warrants should be able to require service providers storing data in other countries to divulge that data. Depending on the ruling, Hatch said, law enforcers will either lack the authority to obtain data in a timely manner or will “find themselves between conflicting domestic and foreign laws.”


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