Arnold & Porter Discusses How CLOUD Act Revamps Government Access to Data

The massive 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion spending bill signed into law on March 23 by President Trump does more than just fund the government.  The bill also contains a provision that will have a significant impact on data privacy.  Tacked on the end of the spending bill is the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, which revamps the decades-old regime governing how law enforcement can access data stored abroad by service providers.  Under the CLOUD Act, US officials can compel service providers to provide data regardless of where that data is stored.

First, a bit of background.  The Stored … Read more