Back in January, the Internet got together in a co-ordinated effort to defeat a US Bill called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which was making its way through Congress. When the Bill was finally brought to a screeching halt, everyone high-fived each other, convinced that the efforts by the US Government and various media companies to take greater control over our online lives, had been scuppered.
Not so, it seems. The Bill has been brought back under a new name – CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing & Protection Act). And unlike SOPA, this Bill passed through Congress. So should we be nervous?
On the face of it, it sounds innocent enough. It allows the US Government and businesses to “share information about cyberthreats”. But then the big question immediately arises – what exactly is a cyberthreat and who gets to define the term? That one word is open to very wide interpretation, so wide you can drive a truck through it. Plus, while you’re thinking about that, think about this. Any information companies have on you, can be passed to the US Government – and you have no right to know that it is happening or what information is being passed on. Say goodbye to your privacy.
Let us know in the comments what you think of CISPA. Is everything being blown out of all proportion and is it really a very nice Bill? Or should we be putting on our tinfoil hats and watching “Enemy Of The State” for clues on how to defend ourselves?
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