Cloud Act Erodes Privacy – How to Protect Yourself


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The Act has two main parts. First, the legislation grants U.S. law enforcement more direct access to sensitive, personal information kept by US tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple etc. This helps countries globally gain access to data on people around the world.

Second, the international exchange and sharing of personal data just got much easier. Perhaps the most striking change within this legislation is that it allows for a global partnership in sharing the intimate personal data which has been compiled on individuals around the world.

In short, under the CLOUD Act, the U.S. government (as well as governments abroad) are given more freedom to collect, store, and use your private information against you.

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To protect oneself, you can take the following steps

1) Best is to store and encrypt your personal data on your PC/laptop (preferably external HDD/SSD) instead on the providers' servers
2) Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt like encrypting your data before storing to cloud and/or sending through the net
3) Use VPN providers which use ram disk (diskless servers) e.g. ExpressVPN, NordVPN, Surfshark VPN, CyberGhost, AzireVPN, OVPN, Perfect Privacy, PIA, Mullvad VPN, WeVPN etc. Another factor is the use of zero-log and/or tried-and-tested reputable VPN provider in court without log retention. Not based or having VPN servers in 5/9/14-eye countries is another great boost to your privacy.
4) Not using social media, if possible.
5) Minimize (reducing their footprints) or not using products from Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple etc if possible
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