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Cloud Act bill triggers data privacy uproar, but can it help slash piracy?

One positive outcome from the misuse of Facebook user data, which came to light during the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, is that scores of consumers have been belatedly educated on the extent of personal data being collected with their total consent. However, a new law with wider reaching consequences regarding consumer data was waved through in Congress late last week – without grabbing anywhere near as much media attention. The Cloud Act (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act) has now been etched into law, the ramifications of which will be profound and global, granting government agencies outside of the US with access to unprecedented volumes of user data. Used correctly, the sharing of data intends to improve communications between…

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