From 8 July 2020, US companies will for the first time receive a binding legal procedure directly from the UK government. This amendment comes more than two years after the United States passed the Data Use Act by the Data Use Act and more than nine months after the United States entered into the first bilateral CLOUD Act agreement with the United Kingdom (“Executive Agreement”). The introduction of the Executive Agreement is a significant change from existing cross-border data access mechanisms, including the Mutual Legal Assistance Procedure (“GWG”). As July approaches, U.S. and U.S. suppliers should prepare for this shift.  Other submissions also raise doubts about the appeal to the Court. For example: (i) the Australian Data Protection Foundation`s filing highlights the perception that the court is influenced by appointments reflecting political affiliation; (ii) The filing of the Communications Alliance (a related telecommunications industry body in Australia) is concerned about the lack of adequate judicial review by the court and proposes that there is also a national service monitoring system for IPO applications; and (iii) BSA-| Software Alliance`s presentation (here linked) also highlights the need for independent judicial oversight and finds that, in the worst-case scenario, the court could be seen by the Australian public and overseas governments as the executive of the Australian government that authorizes its own IPO applications. Knowing how many overseas production orders will be placed from the UK will be a good indicator to measure concrete progress in investigating and prosecuting serious crimes through the CLOUD Act and the resulting agreements. The CLOUD Act made two changes.
First, the US authorities were newly allowed to order providers to transmit data regardless of where they were stored.  Second, the Attorney General was authorized with counsel for the Secretary of State to enter into implementing agreements allowing foreign authorities to invite service providers to transmit communication content stored in the United States. and request wiretaps in the United States. To establish an executive agreement, the Attorney General must, with the agreement of the Secretary of State, establish and provide Congress with written attestation that the criteria set out in the law have been met, including the possibility that the foreign government will provide sufficient substantive and procedural protection and that the agreement will contain specific safeguards.  Agreement nullifies legal provisions that block the disclosure of data by companies at the request of a foreign government. . . .