I guess that makes our legislatures incredibly insane (as if we didn't know that already).
So here we have the latest incarnate of ACTA, CISPA. From the article:
H.R. 3523, a piece of legislation dubbed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short), has been created under the guise of being a necessary implement in America’s war against cyberattacks. But the vague verbiage contained within the pages of the paper could allow Congress to circumvent existing exemptions to online privacy laws and essentially monitor, censor and stop any online communication that it considers disruptive to the government or private parties. Critics have already come after CISPA for the capabilities that it will give to seemingly any federal entity that claims it is threatened by online interactions, but unlike the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Acts that were discarded on the Capitol Building floor after incredibly successful online campaigns to crush them, widespread recognition of what the latest would-be law will do has yet to surface to the same degree.
Essentially, this bill will allow the government as well as companies to refile through any data you've ever sent, that means every email, every forum post or Facebook, every tweet is theirs to do what they want with it--and no, they don't have to inform you about taking your information.
George Orwell called, he wants his Big Brother back.
So what should you do? Obviously protest. Over at EFF, you can fill out a form that will email your state representatives about this. Also, spread the word. The more people who know about this, the more likely we can stomp this bill into the ground just like what we did with SOPA (ACTA may not be quite dead yet).
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