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International Communications Privacy Act

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A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to safeguard data stored abroad, and for other purposes.

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05/25/2016Introduced in Senate

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05/25/2016Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
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Cosponsors (2)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]* 05/25/2016
Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]* 05/25/2016

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Senate Judiciary05/25/2016 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (05/25/2016)

International Communications Privacy Act

This bill amends the federal criminal code by allowing a governmental entity to require providers of electronic communication services or remote computing services to disclose the contents of communications in electronic storage (e.g., the cloud), regardless of where those communications are located. Thus, a governmental entity may obtain a warrant for electronic communications stored outside of the United States if certain conditions for obtaining the warrant are met.

The bill allows a governmental entity to obtain those communications only if a court finds that the governmental entity has taken all reasonable steps to establish the nationality and location of the subscriber or customer whose communications are sought and that there are reasonable grounds to believe that such subscriber or customer is a U.S. person, a person physically located within the United States, or a national of a foreign country that has a law enforcement cooperation agreement with the United States.

The Department of Justice must: (1) establish a process for foreign governments to file mutual legal assistance treaty requests for obtaining access to electronic communications, and (2) publish annually information concerning those requests.