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Privacy Advocates vs. The Government: Why CISPA Will Become Law

Apr 19, 2012, 11:02 (0 Talkback[s])


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"Have you heard about CISPA? It's the acronym for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

"CISPA is being likened to the now-moribund SOPA and PIPA bills smothered by Congress after widespread public opposition.

"However, only opponents see similarities. Advocates see it as completely different.

"While SOPA and PIPA were about shutting down US web sites serving as the "tubes" through which suspected pirated intellectual property flowed, CISPA is about private companies sharing data in both directions with US government agencies, including Pentagon spy agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA).

"Opponents of CISPA, however, see similarities because they say that once again the government is trying to give itself too many easily abused powers to violate the constitutional rights of Americans. In this case, potentially violating the Fourth Amendment (unreasonable searches and seizures) rather than the First (abridging the freedom of speech)."

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