United Kingdom and United States Governments Sign First-Ever CLOUD Act Agreement

October 16, 2019

On October 3, 2019, the governments of the United Kingdom and United States signed the first-ever executive agreement governing cross-border data requests pursuant to the US Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act.

As contemplated by the CLOUD Act, the Agreement provides a mechanism for the governments to access and share data stored abroad by electronic communications services providers in their respective countries in a timely manner.  The Agreement will enter into effect following a 180 day Congressional review period required by the CLOUD Act and a similar review by the UK Parliament.

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