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.

What?

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.

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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.

Article here 

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.




14 comments:

  1. I really do wish all these idiotic twats and their stupid acronyms would just fucking die already! Is that mean of me?!

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  2. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, do you mind if we share it on our blogs?

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  3. They're trying to make it vaguer and vaguer to confuse people into just accepting it, but they never will.

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  4. They are trying a bit too much to ensure that this law passes. What the hell are they thinking?

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  5. It's never "nothing" with the government. Everything they do has a reason behind it.

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  6. If ACTA is accepted, we should all move to deep web.

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  7. I wonder how badly they'd shit themselves if literally like 70% ish people moved to deep web overnight or stopped all traffic
    either they have regular traffic but can't understand it anymore or inexplicable dead silence
    either way this whole situation has gotten people riled up and I'm fairly sure it's going to turn violent if they don't knock it off and cut the shit

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  8. If this goes through and they intercept my pizza order, I'm gonna be way more pissed off than I am right now. I may make a post about this soon, as I don't want to inundate readers with constant activism, but I do feel we all need to stand up for our rights more.

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  9. All this will do is keep protests w/in the U.S. active and possibly make them worse...the Anonymous group has been hacking into many Gov't websites, & them, Gov't, trying to bring in more laws/acts to "try" and restrain our freedom & try to put us on a "Leash" won't help keep peace in the society at all...Perhaps it might even cause more violence to occur...

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  10. All this will do is keep protests w/in the U.S. active and possibly make them worse...the Anonymous group has been hacking into many Gov't websites, & them, Gov't, trying to bring in more laws/acts to "try" and restrain our freedom & try to put us on a "Leash" won't help keep peace in the society at all...Perhaps it might even cause more violence to occur...

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