Legislators and lobbyists are apparently at it again, appending SOPA-style legislation to CISPA, a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.
To quote the EFF…
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523) (CISPA) allows companies or the government free rein to bypass existing laws in order to monitor communications, filter content, or potentially even shut down access to online services for
That’s SOPA-like power for companies — not just the government – to monitor and kill any site deemed a “cybersecurity threat”. And what, pray tell, might that be???
“…the bill defines “cyber threat intelligence” and “cybersecurity purpose” to include “theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.”"
That’s right. Threats to “intellectual property” are a national security issue.
And it creates clear provisions for companies to give data to Homeland Security—the people who already seize websites on behalf of the RIAA and MPAA.
Once again we face the same measures that once again could chill public discussion and censor free speech.
We need to stop it, and while we’re at it, we also stop the back door approach to passing legislation…
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[Via The EFF]