President Donald Trump just legalized a new privacy quashing law, the CLOUD Act after getting the House and Senate approval. With the new law, the US Government can now legally access all your personal data during law enforcement.
On top of that, foreign governments will now have a right to ask US companies to supply information about their citizen(s) under scrutiny. It doesn’t discriminate and governments with a track record of human right abuses can now make direct requests to US companies without judicial consent.
CLOUD Act Destroys Privacy and Human Rights
Of course, as expected, the bill rubs many human rights and privacy activists the wrong way. Some organizations were against bill saying the law is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. Besides setting bad global precedent for governments worldwide to establish privacy eroding rules. There are even calls that due process wasn’t followed because the 2,232-page bill was a last minute addition to the Federal spending Bill, the discussion of the day.
Senator Paul Rand is already sounding the alarm bell saying the law gives too much power to the President, the Attorney General and foreign governments. In his own words, he said, the “Cloud Act fails to protect the human rights and American privacy”. Through a Tweet he said:
“Congress should reject the CLOUD Act because it fails to protect human rights or Americans’ privacy. It gives up their constitutional role and gives far too much power to the attorney general, the secretary of state, the president and foreign governments.”
States Fighting Cryptocurrencies?
We must remember that Bitcoin and Blockchain projects in general are appealing because of their privacy protection. Coins as Monero and ZCash have a good reputation for protecting their user’s protection. But, is it time we go “dark” as Andreas M. Antonopoulos, the Bitcoin Evangelist says in a Tweet?
“The CLOUD Act passed. It destroys privacy globally… Encrypt…Go Dark. When privacy is criminalized, only criminals have privacy. We got sold out, again.”