US and Australia enter CLOUD Act agreement

US and Australia enter CLOUD Act agreement

To bolster efforts in preventing serious organised crime, terrorism, ransomware attacks, and critical infrastructure sabotage Australia and the United States have entered into a landmark CLOUD Act agreement 

Known as the CLOUD Act the “Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act” is a US legal instrument that allows for law enforcement to access data across borders. Australia’s law enforcement agencies gain the ability to issue orders compelling US service providers to provide communications data for the purposes of combating serious crime directly on US-based companies through this bilateral agreement. 

Australian law enforcement agencies previously could only rely on mechanisms including mutual legal assistance agreements to access crucial evidence from other countries. 

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