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Updated October 15, 2018 There have been some recent suggestions that the CLOUD Act will result in U.S. law enforcement authorities being able to directly monitor live conversations of Europeans in Europe. This is inaccurate. The following explains why. [...]
In their Lawfare article Recommendations for the Potential U.S.-U.K. Executive Agreement Under the Cloud Act, Peter Swire and Justin Hemmings discuss potential issues with such an agreement.  The article explains key points for the Justice Department and Congress to consider if an agreement is presented for consideration on the Hill, and seeks to provide concrete and workable measures to ensure that any U.S./U.K. conforms to both the statutory requirements of the Cloud Act and good public policy. [...]
Governments around the world have started to modernize the processes by which law enforcement accesses digital evidence across borders. In the United States, passage of the CLOUD Act created the foundation for a new generation of international agreements that allows governments to engage with each other to create lasting rules to protect privacy and facilitate legitimate law enforcement access to evidence. In Europe last week, the European Commission presented its proposed e-Evidence legislation to the European Parliament. Many other governments [...]
Passage of the Cloud Act in the U.S. coupled with the newly adopted E-evidence Regulation in the EU offer real hope for a not-too-distant future where the rules for cross-border data demands by governments are more rational, proportionate, predictable, and transparent. Unfortunately, the path forward towards this vision has been complicated by myths painting these developments as a massive expansion of governmental authorities. The reality is that neither the Cloud Act nor the E-evidence Regulation represent a grant of sweeping [...]