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#1 Smiles

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:42 AM

Like Sopa? Well you're gonna love CISPA!

House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Measure CISPA
The House on Thursday approved cybersecurity legislation that privacy groups have decried as a threat to civil liberties.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, sponsored by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland), passed on a vote of 248 to 168.

Its goal is a more secure internet, but privacy groups fear the measure breaches Americans’ privacy along the way. The White House had weighed in on Wednesday, threatening a veto unless there were significant changes to increase consumer privacy. The bill was amended to provide more privacy protections, but it was not immediately clear whether the Senate or the White House would give the amended bill its blessing.

The measure, which some are calling the Son of SOPA, allows internet service providers to share information with the government, including the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, about cybersecurity threats it detects on the internet. An ISP is not required to shield any personally identifying data of its customers when it believes it has detected threats, which include attack signatures, malicious code, phishing sites or botnets. In short, the measure seeks to undo privacy laws that generally forbid ISPs from disclosing customer communications with anybody else unless with a court order. [read more http://www.wired.com...e-passes-cispa/]


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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:47 AM

I wonder if we'll be able to stop CISPA without the tech giants that helped stopped SOPA.

I'm sad about the internet today.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:34 PM

a little less sad about the internet today

CISPA vote delayed: Internet Defense League call to action

By Violet Blue | June 8, 2012, 1:00pm PDT
Summary: Voting on unprecedented snooping “cybersecurity” bill CISPA, widely opposed by organizations and individuals alike, has been delayed again.

Insiders expected the Senate to vote on the much-contested cyberspying bill CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (PDF)) when it convened from Memorial Day recess.
Posted ImageBut now the week is over - and still no CISPA vote.
On Tuesday The Hill reported that the bill had indeed stalled and that its supporters (desperate to pass cybersecurity legislation) were vocally upset that its time was fast running out.
It’s now expected that the Senate might not vote until the 3rd or 4th week of June.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:54 PM

I need to find out more about this before forming an opinion, but it is my understanding that the government already has the ability and desire to monitor your personal info and does it routinely when they detect a potential threat, so I don't see how this really changes anything.

Please enlighten me if I'm wrong.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:27 PM

Ability and desire but arguably not the legal right to do so.. Agencies like the NSA have been doing it since forever.