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Friday, April 27, 2012

CISPA: new bill against Internet with the support of Google and Facebook


SOPA and PIPA, two bills against freedom on the Internet were broken a few weeks before becoming a major victory for the Internet. However, we all knew very well that the danger had passed and now we learn that another, perhaps worse, bill passed with 248 votes to 168 against. The bill called CISPA may force private companies and websites offering information about the user if requested by a government organization.

It is assumed that all this was to protect against cyber attacks, but three recent additions to the bill dangerously generalize the scope of use. In particular, additions relating to "investigate and prosecute Internet crimes, protect persons and children" and defines the Internet crime as "any act disrupts the internet, such as hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA».

Essentially, if the government believes to have committed some illegal act online can "look" all your information and data seamlessly. There is no restriction on who can use this information as long as there is a suspicion of danger. Note that two of the biggest companies, Google and Facebook, support this bill.

On the positive side of the case now: the bill must still be approved by the Senate and signed by President Obama, who, of course, says contrary to the CISPA. However, it should not be complacent because the bill already passed by the House of Representatives.

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