A popular line from George Orwell\u2019s 1984 is as follows: \u201cIf you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face\u2014forever.\u201d While that may seem to be a little over the top, a recent decision by the U.S. Congress, and signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, certainly conjures up visions of a society such as described by Orwell. Trump signed the Clarifying Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act) after passing almost undetected through U.S. Congress. The bill was slipped in at the last minute to the trillion-dollar budget submitted to the president, and gives law enforcement officials across the country greater access to data of the citizens. It also gives foreign governments access to data of U.S. companies so that they can better correlate actions by their own citizens. Needless to say, the bill wasn\u2019t exactly popular with privacy groups. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), subsequent to its approval, described the bill as a further example of the erosion of citizens\u2019 rights around the world. Even Republican Senator Rand Paul opposed it, stating, \u201cCongress should reject the CLOUD Act because it fails to protect human rights or Americans\u2019 privacy...gives up their constitutional role, and gives far too much power to the attorney general, the secretary of state, the president and foreign governments.\u201d The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also spoke out against the legislation, publishing a letter on the Internet on March 12.\u00a0 It said that the bill, \u201cundermines privacy and other human rights, as well as important democratic safeguards.\u201d Andreas Antonopoulos, a Bitcoin advocate, tweeted, \u201cThe CLOUD Act passed. It destroys privacy globally, so it had to be snuck into the $1.3 trillion omnibus without debate.\u201d The CLOUD Act was thrown in as part of the omnibus spending bill (OSB). The 2,232-page bill met little resistance in both the House and the Senate, being approved 256-167 and 65-23, respectively. An OSB is a type of legislative bill that contains smaller appropriations bills, and doesn\u2019t need approval of all individual parts. Only one vote in each house is necessary for the OSB to be approved, making it an effective and expeditious (although contentious) way for bills to be passed and see the desk of the president.