croom new

How the CLOUD Act Will Affect Your Security

How the CLOUD Act Will Affect Your Security

On March 23rd, 2018, the United States Congress passed another spending bill that could potentially limit individual privacy protection all over the world. This bill included a provision called the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (or CLOUD) Act, which makes changes to the Stored Communications Act of 1986 and provides unelected American officials a considerable amount of power over digital privacy rights.

The basic gist of this law is that U.S. officials and others involved with them could potentially obtain digital information that isn’t hosted on their home turf. This law garnered overwhelming support from both the U.S. Department of Justice and major technology companies, prompting Congress to push it through.

What Does This Mean?
At a glance, this law represents a significant loss for the individual. It’s now easier than ever before to conduct criminal and civil investigations. Part of this law also allows for access to personal information and communication as well. Prior to the passing of this law, foreign governments would have to go through the proper channels in order to access information from U.S.-based technology companies.

Naturally, these companies wouldn’t necessarily consent so easily. Due to the multitude of nations that the United States deals with on a regular basis, before submitting to a request for information from a foreign entity, there would be much thought put into factors such as records of human rights abuses and other pressures placed on the company to make the decision. As a member of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, or MLAT, the United States is hesitant to provide any information that could place human lives at risk, but the CLOUD Act can potentially shake these responsibilities up.

In the wake of this new law, the executive branch of the United States government will be able to control who this information is shared with, as well as who it’s not shared with. At the helm of such decisions are U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Data can now effectively be used as bargaining chips by the executive branch. Consequently, there has been a lot of power placed in the hands of appointees that haven’t necessarily been directly elected to positions of authority.

The United States and other law enforcement agencies around the globe will have powerful new ways to seize data for any express purpose. Therefore, the average user’s private messages via email or social media can now be confiscated and looked upon without a search warrant. This puts the personal information of so many users right in the crosshairs of people who now have a legal right to view it.

Below is a short explanation for what changes the CLOUD Act will bring about:

  • Enable foreign police to collect and wiretap people’s interpersonal communications without obtaining a warrant to do so.
  • Allows foreign nations to demand records saved and stored by American companies.
  • Allows the U.S. President to enter “executive agreements” designed to help foreign police agencies obtain data regardless of that regime’s human rights record.
  • Allows foreign police to obtain and collect data without notifying the party.
  • Gives U.S. police the right to grab data anyplace, no matter where it is stored.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been a particular opponent of this new law. They issued a public statement that decreed it a “dangerous expansion of police snooping” and that it would “erode privacy protections around the globe.” They go on to state:

“Legislation to protect the privacy of technology users from government snooping has long been overdue in the United States, but the CLOUD Act does the opposite, and privileges law enforcement at the expense of the people’s privacy. EFF strongly opposes the bill.”

Clearly any act that limits the privacy of any technology is going to be to be controversial. Where does your business stand? Let us know in the comments below.

Tech Term: Router
What’s the Best Form of Authentication on Your Mob...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Thursday, October 18 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Privacy Cloud Business Computing Network Security Google Hackers Internet Malware Software Business Management Microsoft User Tips Productivity Tech Term Hosted Solutions Computer Innovation Efficiency Backup Windows 10 Browser Cybersecurity Productivity Business Apps Email Managed IT Services Saving Money Windows Mobile Devices Smartphones Virtualization Cybercrime Smartphone VoIP Hardware Communication Small Business Workplace Tips Operating System Disaster Recovery Internet of Things communications Data Recovery Data Backup Law Enforcement Collaboration Passwords Android Ransomware Data Security Microsoft Office IT Support Miscellaneous Business Continuity Holiday Phishing Wireless Quick Tips Data Gadgets Chrome Money Server Users Mobility Update Network Social Media Cloud Computing Mobile Device Management Telephone Systems IT Support Office 365 BDR Risk Management Social IT Services Application Information Technology App Windows 10 Cost Management Employer-Employee Relationship Unsupported Software Government Vulnerability Password Best Practice Mobile Device Wi-Fi Health Google Drive Outsourced IT User Error Identity Theft Spam Proactive IT Automation Politics Managed Service Provider Blockchain Alert Computers Work/Life Balance Shortcut Facebook Patch Management Hacking Upgrade Current Events Office tips Managed IT Services Data Management USB Two-factor Authentication Managed IT Artificial Intelligence Antivirus Save Money Streaming Media Bandwidth Sports Search Compliance Analytics Television Devices Recovery SaaS Commerce Marketing Computer Care Cortana Flexibility Encryption Tech Support Router Gmail History End of Support Google Docs Battery Wireless Charging Transportation Meetings Fraud Internet Exlporer Office The Internet of Things Data Storage Wireless Technology Going Green Private Cloud Samsung OneNote Apple Cleaning Hosted Solution iPhone Managing Stress Mobile Security Data Protection HaaS Maintenance Information eWaste WiFi Automobile Mobile Computing DDoS Outlook VPN Telephony Humor Touchscreen Personal Information Social Engineering Business Intelligence Audit Company Culture Storage Save Time Excel Legal Networking Remote Computing Computer Accessories Augmented Reality Google Maps Virtual Reality Project Management Uninterrupted Power Supply Operating Sysytem Data Privacy Electronic Medical Records IT Solutions FAQ Access Unified Communications Travel Black Market Data Theft Virtual Assistant BYOD Retail Entertainment Budget Downloads Smart Technology Computer Fan Managed IT Service Error Hacker Hard Disk Drive Fax Server Sync Workers Data Loss Education IT budget Avoiding Downtime Hard Drive Safety Emails Charger Big Data RAM Teamwork Tablets Spyware Computing Plug-In Unified Threat Management Conferencing Chromecast Trends Troubleshooting WannaCry Cables PDF Legislation Worker Commute Files Internet Explorer Microsoft Office 365 Keyboard Scalability Updates Microsoft Teams Vendor Management Chromebook Reporting Webinar WIndows Server 2008 Books NFL Instant Messaging Laptop App store Remote Monitoring and Management Upgrades Wearable Technology HBO Gifts Experience A.I. Adobe How To Microsoft Word Virus Voice over Internet Protocol Text Messaging Comparison Threat Access Control G Suite Microsoft Excel Point of Sale Identities Printing Medical IT IT solutions Data Breach Robot Word Edge Touchpad Analysis Consultant Credit Cards Phone System Movies Scam Nanotechnology Applications Data storage Proactive Screen Mirroring Specifications Trending PowerPoint Authentication Hiring/Firing iOS Bring Your Own Device Training Advertising File Sharing Language Google Assistant GDPR Windows 10s Video Games Evernote Lithium-ion battery Employer Employee Relationship Root Cause Analysis Windows Ink Ciminal Identity Managed Service Running Cable IT Management Music Administrator Reputation Licensing Device Security Websites Amazon Cast Sales Connectivity Authorization Benefits SharePoint Hybrid Cloud Settings Value Dark Web Solid State Drive Bluetooth Distributed Denial of Service Printers Cache Twitter Regulation Remote Monitoring CrashOverride Emergency Relocation Monitors Disaster Worker

Sign up for our Newsletter!

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Latest News

      Eclipse Integrated Systems launches new website!

      Eclipse Integrated Systems is proud to announce the launch of our new website at www.eisystems.com. The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our services for prospective clients.

      Read more ...

      Account login