Thomas Fox-Brewster reports:
Amongst president Trump’s many decrees in the last week was an ostensibly shocking order to ensure non-Americans wouldn’t get the same privacy rights as U.S. citizens. But Trump didn’t actually make any significant changes to U.S. law. Instead, according to one legal expert, he sent a message to immigrants: the Obama administration’s plans to guarantee better privacy for individuals travelling or moving to the U.S. are being canned.
The wording in the Enhancing Public Safety executive order signed yesterday caused immediate, inevitable panic: “Privacy Act. Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information.”
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