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Your privacy and 4th amendments rights were dealt another blow last week, while no one was really looking. Congress opened the door to more warrantless surveillance by tacking on a little-known, unvetted bill to the monster spending legislation passed last week. This bill, benignly titled the Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act, removes the need for foreign countries to obtain a search warrant before demanding data from US companies. This bill was never debated. It wasn’t reviewed or marked up by a single committee. There were no hearings. But it is now law. David Ruiz, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, helps us to understand the stark implications of this new law and together we explore how it can be used to completely circumvent your 4th Amendment rights.
David Ruiz is a writer covering NSA surveillance and federal surveillance policy for Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights non-profit. As 2017 closes, he is deeply involved in covering the multiple bills before Congress that seek to reform or reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, a law that is currently one of the U.S. government's most powerful surveillance tools. Previously, David worked as a journalist covering legal affairs for some of Silicon Valley's largest companies, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Uber. He has also had his work featured in KQED, The East Bay Express, SFGate.com, The Sacramento Bee and KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. Beyond writing, David also hosts a personal podcast called Death Knell, which explores the grieving process after death.
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