Draconian ‘Privacy Invasion Bill’ Continues to Gain Support

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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) hasn’t received a whole lot of media attention yet, but it continues to pick up support from legislators.

The bill is touted as being much worse than SOPA when it comes to privacy invasions.

Just as SOPA put an emphasis on piracy, CISPA also appears to include the infringement of intellectual property as a security threat warranting access to user data. The definition of “theft or misappropriation of private or government information” is given four times throughout the bill H.R. 3523.

Under CISPA, Internet providers and other companies could be expected to hand user data over to government agencies and even other companies upon request.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), it “would let companies spy on users and share private information with the federal government and other companies with near-total immunity from civil and criminal liability. It effectively creates a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws.”

The EFF is concerned that, due to the vague language used in the bill, “a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your emails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and modify those communications or prevent them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop cybersecurity threats.”

After the huge public outcry against SOPA and ACTA, it is hard to imagine that CISPA will sit well with the greater online community.

And is it really needed in the first place?

Acquiring user data would merely be a reaction to whatever security breach may have already taken place. Without being a security expert, it raises major privacy concerns for this writer. As someone who regularly relies on many popular online services, it is disheartening to think that a bill is being introduced which would create such potential horror scenarios by so readily offering up access to user data.

A good social engineer (con man) would have a field day gaining access to user data with a simple phone call by posing as this or that government agency/corporate entity. It happens all the time at present.

It will be interesting to hear from security experts as to whether CISPA would actually provide any additional security or if it’s only creating a nightmarish internet environment wrought with much worse security vulnerabilities then we are faced with today.

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Orwell wasn't a writer...he was a prophet...
Security Experts helped write CISPA b/c their language is used throughout. It's basically an admission by the Government that they are unable to secure their systems.

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The older post I did on this got re-posted at :)
"Give government the weapons to fight your enemy and it will use them against you."
I've been following all these events, it really is getting out of hand.
BitTorrent Crackdown Center Prepares to Punish Pirates
April, 2012

In a few months millions of BitTorrent users in the United States will be actively monitored as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all the major ISPs. Those caught sharing copyright works will receive several warning messages and will be punished if they continue to infringe.
I have been watching this so called "Protection Act" evolve and I am not close to being impressed. The insanity these polices prepose and the massive range of them makes me feel ill. People around the world better educate themselves quickly and get it together and protest. Food for thought :-)
I wouldn't be quite as angry if governments could firstly track down 419'ers, and spammers who bombard us all with:

ETC, ETC, ETC... AD NAUSEUM!! madmadmad

Get this dealt with BEFORE even thinking about a community of people sharing files! Anyway - my parents brought me up in the belief that it was considered good manners to share things with friends, and we're a big, friendly bunch here!!lol
just one word to fit our dire situations. BOO!sad
The shit is going really bad here in France. almost nobody knows about this law and no a single media talk about it. in Germany they managed to stop it but i think we'll lost the batle in France.
'I have nothing to hide' is surely the most ridiculous comment heard from people that are actually supporting this, don't they realise that email is the same as snail-mail, and nobody can open your post without a warrant. Our freedom is being taken away bit by bit and the 'nothing to hide' camp will be the first to start crying when they're personal interests are deemed illegal and they are taken away, sobbing, to the gulag.
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