Americans have won a “ground breaking” victory for privacy rights in the digital age, thanks to last week’s Supreme Court decision requiring police to seek a warrant in most cases to access cell phone data, according to a privacy expert with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The CLOUD Act is an attempt to update an obsolete stored communications law that was passed in the 1980s before the World Wide Web existed. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky opposed the proposal as a violation of Americans’ privacy. He tweeted, “But guess what? Congress can’t vote to reject the CLOUD Act, because it just got stuck onto the Omnibus (spending bill), with no prior legislative action or review.”
The term originated among hackers who posted private documents about a rival or enemy. But doxxing is now being used on social media to publicly identify extremists who participate in events such as the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.
In the latest skirmish over privacy in the cellphone age, a federal magistrate in Chicago said the FBI hadn’t presented enough facts in its application that would justify sweeping “intrusions,” including any specific information about those who might be living at a residence or their connection to a child pornography investigation.