New CLOUD Act splits industry, civil liberty orgs | FCW

A revamped bill that seeks to clarify the conditions under which U.S. law enforcement can legally access data owned by domestic companies but stored overseas is causing a rift in the uneasy alliance that has formed between tech giants and data privacy advocates.

The legislation is in large part an attempt to resolve lingering legal questions around a major case pending before the Supreme Court, Microsoft Corp. v. United States.

At its heart, the case deals with whether the provisions of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act that allow the government to compel disclosure of wire and electronic communications are subject to geographical and territorial limitations.

Source: New CLOUD Act splits industry, civil liberty orgs — FCW

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