The Omnibus spending package that lawmakers had less than 24 hours to read contains one of the most pernicious and dangerous pieces of law that threatens every single person's right to privacy.
The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act allows government agencies to access digital data across national borders for the purpose of a criminal investigation…So what? You might say. But the devil is, as always, in the details.
Essentially it allows a bypass of the Fourth Amendment and probable cause. If, for example, you have a Microsoft account, and the FBI wants to access it, they can't…But with the CLOUD Act, because your data is stored in Ireland by Microsoft Corp, they can get it without any issue. And this also applies the other way around!
Foreign agencies can now spy on people in the US (but not US citizens, although if they come into contact, they can be) and request the same access to data…Bypassing laws of both nations.
This is seriously close to the end of the right to privacy and it is wrong!
Is it a mere coincidence that the whole package was rushed through without a proper chance for reading, and that this pernicious bill was buried deep into it on page 2,201? Couple this with the massive distraction of the March for Our Lives, and it is the perfect recipe to slip through a law that belittles out very freedom.