Late in the afternoon last Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the omnibus spending bill. Buried within the bill was the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, a law that will change how the U.S. government can access user data stored overseas, among other things. The law also resolves the Microsoft-Ireland case that had made its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, Peter Swire, CIPP/US, and Jennifer Daskal point out. In this post for Privacy Tracker, Swire and Daskal detail how it makes the Supreme Court case moot and explain how the executive agreements included in the bill will work in practice. "Each of these agreements is subject to a substantial list of privacy and human rights requirements," they point out.
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