Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, continue to work together to address the problems presented in U.S. v. Microsoft, also known as the Microsoft Ireland case.
This is a case concerning law enforcement’s authority to obtain electronic data stored abroad. In January, Hatch and Coons led a group of bipartisan senators and submitted an amicus brief in this case. The brief argues that this is a policy question for Congress, rather than an issue for the courts to decide. This amicus brief can be accessed at bit.ly/2t7zUmL.
Hatch and Coons are also leading co-sponsors of the CLOUD — Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data — Act, alongside Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, to create a framework for law enforcement cross-border data requests relating to email and cloud computing. The CLOUD Act boasts support from law enforcement and endorsements from a variety of tech providers. The bill can be read at bit.ly/2CLCOwO.
“The rapid advancement of technology like cloud-sharing has rightly prompted concerns over data disclosure, as we’re seeing this week in U.S. v. Microsoft” said Coons. “With decades-old laws still governing data access in 2018, it’s no surprise that law enforcement, businesses, and private citizens are running into serious problems. We can solve the question before the court and bring our data sharing laws into the 21st century by passing the CLOUD Act.”