By NICCI LYNN, Staff Writer
Those opposed to the new Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (also known as CISPA) have just received a small victory with some key revisions to the bill.
The bill had computer users reading their terms and conditions twice because CISPA would have given the government the legal authority to “hack” an internet user’s computer by means of various private networks.
The supporters of the bill included such bigwigs as AT&T, IBM, INTEL, MICROSOFT, Verizon, Facebook, Oracle, Symantec, Lockheed Martin, and pretty much every other major FCC sector.CISPA, which started at 11 pages long and had questionable terms, has now been reduced to six pages and its terms have been narrowed down.
Private entities that are large enough like IBM, Verizon, Microsoft would have been able to flag users based on violations of terms in service.
The consequences in return were being guilty for knowing the wrong person, watching the wrong news bulletin, saying the wrong key words, agreeing to the wrong terms of service and conditions, and making the wrong choices, innocently.
Recently two controversial bills (SOPA and PIPA) were proposed in lieu of one another. Neither the Stop Online Piracy Act nor the Protect I.P. Act passed because both bills raised protests by internet users due to potential violations of our 4th Amendment right to privacy.
The CISPA revisions that were approved by the House recently are a win for grassroots internet users and civil rights activists.
Congratualtions, House of Representatives, you did a better job this time at clearly defining the sections of this bill and that’s what we were hoping for.
The fight is not over, however, and this is just one step to a bill that can be passed with additional changes, but citizens must continue to press on to fight for their rights.
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