16 Mar US Congress Expected to Pass Bill That May Threaten Global Privacy
Last Thursday, Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul released a joint statement asking the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee not to include the CLOUD Act in the spending bill Congress is putting together this week.
It is said that the CLOUD Act would enable US authorities to seize data anywhere in the world without being hampered by foreign data privacy rules. Foreign police may also use the CLOUD Act to obtain the data of a foreign target from a US company, as well as the data of US citizens who have been communicating with the foreign target.
Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Oath had already expressed their support for the legislation last month, possibly to appease European lawmakers who are increasingly applying pressure on the tech giants.