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Document: Justice Department White Paper on the Cloud Act

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released a white paper on the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or Cloud Act, which was enacted in March 2018. The white paper, entitled “Promoting Public Safety, Privacy, and the Rule of Law Around the World: The Purpose and Impact of the CLOUD Act,” is available here and below.

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Cross-Border Privacy Rules in Asia: An Overview

The United States, Canada and Mexico recently completed negotiations on a new trade agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), to supersede NAFTA. While the treaty is pending ratification in the legislative bodies of the respective countries, the digital trade portion of the agreement has already garnered a positive response from U.S. technology trade associations.

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London Calling: Post-Brexit Prospects for a U.S.-U.K. Digital Trade Deal

As opposition grows in the British Parliament to the nearly 600-page agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May’s government to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union, it’s increasingly clear that the current text will not be the final word. But even if the British government is ignominiously sent back to the negotiating table with Brussels, it would be a mistake to dismiss the behemoth withdrawal agreement, and the accompanying 26-page political declaration on the future U.K.-EU relationship, as headed for the trash heap.

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Cloud Act Implementation Issues

Congress passed the Cloud Act as part of an omnibus spending bill in March over the objection of many civil society groups, including the Center for Democracy & Technology (with which I am affiliated). The legislation, formally the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, empowers the Justice Department to serve legal process authorized by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) on U.S. providers for data those companies control, no matter where the data is located.

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A Possible EU-US Agreement on Law Enforcement Access to Data?

On May 22, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with senior European law enforcement officials. In the wake of the Cloud Act, enacted by Congress at the end of March, the possibility of an EU-U.S. agreement on law enforcement access to digital evidence is almost certain to be on the table.

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