Friday, February 17, 2012
H.R. 3523 "CISPA" the new SOPA?
The pure ignorance and relentless assault of our Internet privacy and freedoms never ceases to amaze me.
Welcome to bill H.R. 3523 "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" which is no doubt another sleeper bill like H.R. 1981 in case SOPA and PIPA failed to pass.
Anyway, basically what this bill does is give companies permission to monitor and collect communications, including huge amounts of personal data like your text messages and emails, and share that data with the government and anyone else. All a company has to do is claim its privacy violations were for "cybersecurity purposes.
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.
There are almost no restrictions on what can be collected and how it can be used, provided a company can claim it was motivated by "cybersecurity purposes." That means 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.
Worst of all, the stated definition of "cybersecurity" is so broad, it leaves the door open to censor any speech that a company believes would "degrade the network." The bill specifically mentions that cybersecurity can include protecting against the "theft or misappropriation of private or government information" including "intellectual property." Such sweeping language would give companies and the government new powers to monitor and censor communications for copyright infringement. It could also be a powerful weapon to use against whistleblower websites like WikiLeaks.
Congress wants to use the threat of "cybersecurity" to undermine our digital rights.
Shit storm incoming? Most likely. Remember guys, even if this is isn't for censorship or snooping, the fact that its vaguely written means that if they wanted to, they could do it.
Full bill details here
So what do you guys think? Leave a comment below, and please share. Maybe this is nothing, but is it ever that way with our dumb government? So please share this around just in case.
We need to raise awareness about H.R 3523, H.R. 1981, and how America signed ACTA last year.