Data Access Requests Expected to Grow Under US-Australia Cloud Data Sharing Treaty

Requests to access the electronic data of alleged criminals are expected to increase under a cloud data sharing treaty made between Australia and the United States.
Under the Australia-US CLOUD Act Agreement, which was signed between the two countries on Dec. 15, 2021, Australian and U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies will be allowed timely access of data on serious crimes from alleged criminals, including in cases of child sexual abuse, ransomware attacks, terrorism, and the sabotage of critical infrastructure over the internet.
In March 2018, the U.S. Congress passed the Clarifying Unlawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, which allows both foreign and US investigators to obtain access to electronic data held by communication service providers, such as Google, Facebook, Apple and messaging apps….

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