How the CLOUD Act Grants any Country to Pry on You

Cloud Act introduced by US senators in February 2018 dramatically harms the digital rights of people.

What Is The CLOUD Act?

The Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act is a bilateral agreement between the US and foreign countries to overlook each other’s digital privacy laws.

The Act would authorize the US government to request “the contents of a wire or electronic communication and any record or other information.” So it essentially means the US could ask services and tech giants to hand over user data and not need to follow that particular country’s privacy laws.

Agreements Between the US and other Countries

Anyone who is not a US citizen or located in the US could be pried on. US government’s Executive Agreements with other countries in the second part of the bill permits both the US and the other country to neglect each other’s privacy laws.

The CLOUD Act and US Favoritism

This Act is US favored because while non-US countries are expected to uphold the privacy of US-born citizens, the US themselves have full liberty to pry on anyone they see it.

What options are there against this prying Act?

Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties or MLAT is a system that lets authorities around the world to collaborate on data that is stored beyond their jurisdiction. It is designed to help authorities cooperate.

The authorities can request data, but it should meet the laws of the country that data is located in because the citizens right to privacy cannot be compromised.

MLAT exists to harbor cooperation between countries, whereas CLOUD Act is highly debatable.

Closing

The CLOUD Act if passed is a scary bill as it will take away the digital rights of people. The present MLAT system should be bolstered to protect users across the world instead of establishing a new system or Act.