(again with the moronic cutesy acronyms that Congresscritters so love.  --rick)

The CLOUD Act: A Dangerous Expansion of Police Snooping on Cross-Border Data
By Camille Fischer
February 8, 2018

This week, Senators Hatch, Graham, Coons, and Whitehouse introduced a bill that 
diminishes the data privacy of people around the world.

The Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act expands American and foreign 
law enforcement’s ability to target and access people’s data across 
international borders in two ways. First, the bill creates an explicit 
provision for U.S. law enforcement (from a local police department to federal 
agents in Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to access “the contents of a 
wire or electronic communication and any record or other information” about a 
person regardless of where they live or where that information is located on 
the globe. In other words, U.S. police could compel a service provider—like 
Google, Facebook, or Snapchat—to hand over a user’s content and metadata, even 
if it is stored in a foreign country, without following that foreign country’s 
privacy laws.[1]

Second, the bill would allow the President to enter into “executive agreements” 
with foreign governments that would allow each government to acquire users’ 
data stored in the other country, without following each other’s privacy laws.

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