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Europeans outraged over the US using Patriot Act for worldwide spying

 
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Researchers from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands have condemned the United States for allowing the controversial Patriot Act to bypass foreign laws and let Americans intercept data from persons internationally.

In a just published study, Cloud Computing in Higher Education and Research Institutions and the USA Patriot Act, researchers from the school’s Institute for Information Law say that legislation enacted to allegedly protect the security of US citizens has in the process eroded privacy protections on a global scale.

As more and more companies and individuals across the world begin relying on cloud computing to store information digitally on remote servers, the Dutch researchers warn that the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) allow for those files to be fed into the US intelligence community, disregarding privacy safeguards in place for others around the globe.

"Most cloud providers, and certainly the market leaders, fall within the US jurisdiction either because they are US companies or conduct systematic business in the US," Axel Arnbak, one of the authors of the research paper, tells CBS News. "In particular, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FAA) makes it easy for US authorities to circumvent local government institutions and mandate direct and easy access to cloud data belonging to non-Americans living outside the US, with little or no transparency obligations for such practices – not even the number of actual requests."

Indeed, the number of requests for wiretaps on email and phone accounts under the FAA remains something that even members of the US Congress’ intelligence committee are privy to, and that’s just in regards to Americans surveilled. Arnbak and his colleagues say they are concerned by what this legislation and measures included in and after the Patriot Act can have on an international audience.

In the abstract for their study, the researchers write that the Patriot Act “has started to play a symbolic role in the public debate” because “It is one important element in a larger, complex and dynamic legal framework for access to data for law enforcement and national security purposes.” Coupled with the FAA, US laws don’t limit only Americans to invasion of privacy.
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America hates freedom!
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Re: Europeans outraged over the US using Patriot Act for worldwide spying
OP - Great post.

Sort of suggests that the Patriot Act might have been a solution designed well in advance of the problem it was designed to solve.

Assuming for a minute that problem that gave rise to the Patriot Act was in fact terrorism, what is patriotic about this whole mess? Americans were needlessly killed to facilitate the elimination of our rights to privacy, etc.

Also, Patriots Day celebrates a key battle that americans supposedly won over the Brits in the American Revolution. Identifying an act of "terrorism" that has reduced our freedom as "Patriot", while a key battle that helped established our freedom is "Patriots", is insulting and not logical.
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Re: Europeans outraged over the US using Patriot Act for worldwide spying
OP - Great post.

Sort of suggests that the Patriot Act might have been a solution designed well in advance of the problem it was designed to solve.

Assuming for a minute that problem that gave rise to the Patriot Act was in fact terrorism, what is patriotic about this whole mess? Americans were needlessly killed to facilitate the elimination of our rights to privacy, etc.

Also, Patriots Day celebrates a key battle that americans supposedly won over the Brits in the American Revolution. Identifying an act of "terrorism" that has reduced our freedom as "Patriot", while a key battle that helped established our freedom is "Patriots", is insulting and not logical.
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