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Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act or CLOUD Act (H.R. 4943)a United States law containing a set of internet regulations proposed on February 6, 2018. Primarily the CLOUD Act amends the Stored Communications Act (SCA) of 1986 to allow United States authorities to compel U.S.-based service providers via warrant or subpoena to provide requested data stored on servers regardless of whether they are located within the U.S. or in foreign countries.
The CLOUD Act was introduced following difficulties that U.S. authorities had with obtaining remote data through service providers, who have successfully argued to courts that the legal reach of warrants issued under the SCA only applies to data that are held on servers hosted in the United States, even though they have full control of the data itself remotely. A current case before the Supreme Court of the United States, United States v. Microsoft Corp., which deals with a drug-trafficking investigation from 2013, was brought by the government to challenge the findings of lower courts, arguing that such restrictions hamper their investigations.
The CLOUD Act is a culmination of attempts by Congress to amend the SCA to allow authorities to legally compel service providers to provide data stored on foreign servers under their control under warrant; the "Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act" (LEADS Act) in 2015 and the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) in 2017 were both previous legislation amending the SCA but which failed to gain passage.
After being introduced in the 115th United States Congress, it was attached to an omnibus spending bill necessary to avoid another government shutdown. The spending bill passed both Houses of Congress and was signed into law on March 23, 2018.
originally posted by: Cygnis
Just more 'in your face' evidence that no matter WHO you vote for, the same crap still come down the pipe at the people.
Old boss same as the new boss.
Congress needs to be FIRED, NOW!
The government needs to be scaled back to its basics, and fixed NOW!
We are doomed if we do not do something, and soon.
More Democrats and fewer Republicans voted for the fiscal 2018 omnibus Thursday than voted for the budget deal that set the spending levels for it.
The House passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, 256-167, with 145 Republicans and 111 Democrats voting “yes.” The “no” votes came from 90 Republicans and 77 Democrats.