February 6, 2018

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TechNet Urges Congress to Pass The CLOUD Act

Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, welcomed today’s introduction of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act of 2018, a bill to modernize laws enabling law enforcement to seek data stored in other countries while helping protect consumers’ rights.

“Innovations in cloud computing have fueled innovation and growth in the U.S. and around the world, but our online privacy laws were developed in 1986 and have failed to keep up with the digital age,” said TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore.  “Passing the CLOUD Act would be a critical step to safeguard our citizens’ privacy rights, ensure law enforcement has the tools they need to protect us, and enhance cooperation between governments.”

TechNet is part of a broad coalition supporting the CLOUD Act of 2018 and today joined in signing an industry letter to Congress in support of passing the legislation.  The Senate bill is sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).  The House bill is sponsored by Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Suzan DelBene (D-WA).

The CLOUD Act of 2018 seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Reduce international conflicts by incentivizing bilateral agreements between governments for cross-border criminal and terrorism investigations.
  • Balance the interests of cloud customers and data holders by ensuring they are protected by their home country’s privacy laws.
  • Eliminate impediments to combatting serious crimes by resolving conflicting legal obligations on technology companies.
  • Establish procedures for cloud providers to seek additional court review of any warrant that creates a legal conflict with a country that is covered by a bilateral agreement.

About TechNet
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level.  TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups and the most iconic companies on the planet and represents three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance.  TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, Boston, Olympia, Albany, and Tallahassee.

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