March 25 (UPI) — U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies will now have easier access to Americans’ electronic communications after a new that was included in the federal spending bill.
The Clarifying Overseas Use of Data Act, also known as the CLOUD Act, gives law enforcement access to “the contents of a wire or electronic communication and any record or other information” if those contents are stored in servers overseas, regardless of the privacy laws in that country.
In addition, the CLOUD Act allows the President of the United States to enter into agreements with other countries to share private electronic communications and data of individuals regardless of the privacy laws of each country.
The sponsors of the bill — Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Chris ******, D-Del., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — said it allows laws to catch up with technology.
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