Congress Passes Cloud Act to Facilitate Cross-Border Sharing of Electronic Communications

In an era in which tech legislation can take years before passage, the “Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act” (“CLOUD Act”) was introduced on February 6th and signed into law on March 23rd — without any hearing or debate. The CLOUD Act seeks to streamline the process by which law enforcement seeks electronic information that…

House Passes Email Privacy Act

Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act which updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require a warrant to retrieve user communications from service providers. In 1986, Congress enacted ECPA to both protect the privacy of an individual’s electronic communications and provide the government with a lawful means for…