Breaking the Cloud: CLOUD Act Brings Data Held Overseas Under U.S. Jurisdiction

On the heels of Supreme Court oral arguments in a case that brought the data issues of international law enforcement front and center, Congress passed the CLOUD Act, a major step by the U.S. in extending the reach of law enforcement where electronic content is concerned. The law is controversial, but its significance is not in dispute – “it purports to resolve the question of whether and how the federal government can compel service providers that are within the jurisdiction of the U.S. courts to produce data stored abroad,” Paul Hastings partner Behnam Dayanim told the Cybersecurity Law Report. In this article, we analyze the law and its implications. See “Managing Data Privacy Across Multiple Jurisdictions” (Nov. 8, 2017); and “Navigating Data Privacy Laws in Cross-Border Investigations” (Dec. 14, 2016).

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