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  1. Dangerous CLOUD Act hidden in Omnibus Bill Allows Foreign Law Enforcement To Secretly Wiretap Americans.

    In the final pages of the bill—meant only to appropriate future government spending—lawmakers snuck in a separate piece of legislation that made no mention of funds, salaries, or budget cuts. Instead, this final, tacked-on piece of legislation will erode privacy protections around the globe.

    This bill is the CLOUD Act. It was never reviewed or marked up by any committee in either the House or the Senate. It never received a hearing. It was robbed of a stand-alone floor vote because Congressional leadership decided, behind closed doors, to attach this un-vetted, unrelated data bill to the $1.3 trillion government spending bill. Congress has a professional responsibility to listen to the American people’s concerns, to represent their constituents, and to debate the merits and concerns of this proposal amongst themselves, and this week, they failed.

    On Thursday, the House approved the omnibus government spending bill, with the CLOUD Act attached, in a 256-167 vote.

    The CLOUD Act is a far-reaching, privacy-upending piece of legislation that will:

    Enable foreign police to collect and wiretap people’s communications from U.S. companies, without obtaining a U.S. warrant.

    Allow foreign nations to demand personal data stored in the United States, without prior review by a judge.

    Allow the U.S. president to enter “executive agreements” that empower police in foreign nations that have weaker privacy laws than the United States to seize data in the United States while ignoring U.S. privacy laws.

    Allow foreign police to collect someone’s data without notifying them about it.

    Empower U.S. police to grab any data, regardless if it’s a U.S. person’s or not, no matter where it is stored.

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