SOPA/PIPA-like CISPA bill is coming back from the dead to kill your digital privacy [USA]

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If you thought that bills like SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA were all behind us and the Internet was safe from prying eyes, I’ve got bad news for you — one of them is coming back. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and Rep. Mike Rogers of the USA are planning on re-introducing CISPA later this year, in the hopes of it going through this time.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing & Protection Act (CISPA) would basically allow the government to ask a company to give away all the data it has collected on you. The issue people have with CISPA is because they believe that the bill’s vague terms leave plenty of room for abuse — and that it’s also a direct violation of the 4th Amendment.

So what benefit does CISPA have? Ideally, it would help prevent cyber attacks. The information sharing between companies and the government would supposedly help detect and prevent cyber attacks from happening.

The bill is planned for re-introduction later this year, and Ruppersberger is working with the White House to help it go through this time. If you want to know more about CISPA and maybe a sign a petition against it, hit up the link at the end of this article.

What do you think of CISPA? Is it necessary or are you against it? Let us know in the comments!

CISPA is back

[via The HillGizmodo, CISPAisback]

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  1. Seamus McSeamus

    @Coyote:

    Yeah, nice end around by our “dad” – at least according to Chris Rock he is our dad.

    Executive Orders are supposed to apply only to employs of the executive branch of the government. The intent was never for them to be applied to the general public, but a lazy Congress at some point in the past allowed this abuse of power to go unchallenged. As a result, we have reached a point where an elected president basically feels that if he wants something to be law, he need only issue an EO.

    The abuses were generally small before Clinton, but he and Bush really ramped it up, and Obama has chosen to continue down the same path.

  2. Coyote

    @Anonymail: And you would be right sir.
    http://leaksource.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/obama-signs-cybersecurity-executive-order-ahead-of-state-of-the-union/
    Not that there was a reason this didn’t make the news… oh wait.
    http://leaksource.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/press-given-cybersecurity-executive-order-before-sotu-agreed-to-keep-quiet-for-5-hours/

    it doesn’t matter how many petitions or rallies people organize, they will pass the laws they want to. Most of the time they wait for a good crisis and push it through while every media outlet is shoveling the same story. Why is that? Why do we need FOX/CBS/NBC/CNN/BET/E! to all have cameras and microphones at these events? Wouldn’t 1 guy with a celphone get the same story?

  3. Mike

    What’s wrong with the current system: if the government wants my records apart from in a lawsuit where I generally am given notice, it goes to a judge and explains why it should be given them. Checks and balances are good things, to keep everyone in check . . . .

  4. Seamus McSeamus

    It’s no real surprise that something like this is back. It failed miserably the first time, so the predictable tactic for these bozos is to put it on the back burner for a while and then try again, hoping people won’t pay attention the second time around.

    Keep the phone numbers and email addresses of your Senators and Congressmen handy, people, and use them liberally. Tell your friends and family to do the same.