U.K. and U.S. Sign First E-Evidence Pact Under the CLOUD Act: Fewer Hurdles, More Clarity and New Questions

The U.S. and U.K. have signed a trailblazing agreement extending law enforcement’s reach over electronic evidence. The pact aims to speed each government’s ability to obtain data in domestic criminal investigations and U.S. businesses should prepare for the increased burden of government requests and questions from customers. In the first of a two-part article series, we look at the new definitions in this first example of a CLOUD Act bilateral agreement, the process it prescribes and the questions it raises. The second installment will cover privacy issues and obstacles to future agreements. See “Deputy Assistant Attorney General Seeks to Dispel CLOUD Act Misunderstandings One Year In” (May 22, 2019).

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