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Old 04-26-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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CISPA ACT PASSED

so since SOPA didn't get through, here comes another one...wtf

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The US House of Representatives has passed a cyber-security bill amid a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Cispa), would allow the government to access web users' private data on suspicion of a cyber threat.

It would also allow easier information-sharing between security agencies and private web firms.

Advocacy groups claim that it is aimed at file-sharers rather than hackers.

They also raised concerns about the transparency of the act.

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In a statement on Wednesday, the White House said Mr Obama would veto the act if it reached his desk.

The administration said the law repeals "important provisions of electronic surveillance law without instituting corresponding privacy, confidentiality and civil liberties safeguards".

The bill passed the House on Thursday by a margin of 248 votes to 168. Cyber-security legislation is also being considered in the US Senate, but its bill differs considerably from Cispa and is not yet scheduled for a vote.

Before its passage, the House amended the bill to cover information garnered for the investigation of cyber-security crimes, protection of individuals from death or serious bodily harm and the protection of minors from exploitation.

Privacy groups quickly condemned the bill's passage.

"As we've seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there's no going back," Michelle Richardson, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.

"We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity."

Bill sponsor Mike Rodgers argued the bill would make the US "a little safer and our economy better protected from foreign cyber predators".

The House bill won support from tech industry figureheads whereas an earlier piece of legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) failed after web firms lined up with activists to criticise it.

Facebook, AT&T, Intel, Verizon, and Microsoft were among some 800 firms who indicated they would back the latest bill.

Writing on Facebook's corporate blog a week ago the firm's vice-president of US public policy, Joel Kaplan, said Cispa "would impose no new obligations" on Facebook to share data with anyone.

It also "ensures that if we do share data about specific cyber threats, we are able to continue to safeguard our users' private information, just as we do today," he added.
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He said the same thing about the NDAA
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maybe its baked me, but this seems convenient for obama and a re-election later on.
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Oh no! Someone wants to do something to stop the rampant stealing of companies intellectual property! Quick! Form a drum circle!
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We should form a circle. Can't imagine what it would be like in the future
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Next thing you know they will have laws allowing bbqing babies on the whitehouse lawn. I mean they only have to try it a couple times if it doesn`t get passed the first time.
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People wouldn't steal if they didn't have to jump thew a million hoops to legally get it.
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It's not just stealing intellectual property. If CISPA passes, government authorities can have access to whatever you store on the web without having to get a warrant, if they "feel" you may be a threat

Now if you were in the states, would you be willing to give up some of your constitutional rights or in our case some of your charter of rights?
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It's not just stealing intellectual property. If CISPA passes, government authorities can have access to whatever you store on the web without having to get a warrant, if they "feel" you may be a threat

Now if you were in the states, would you be willing to give up some of your constitutional rights or in our case some of your charter of rights?
So true.... This is no different than SOPA.
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It's not just stealing intellectual property. If CISPA passes, government authorities can have access to whatever you store on the web without having to get a warrant, if they "feel" you may be a threat

Now if you were in the states, would you be willing to give up some of your constitutional rights or in our case some of your charter of rights?
Only reason these 'rights' even exist is to make people think they have them.
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Only reason these 'rights' even exist is to make people think they have them.
But if we start standing up for our rights instead of just brushing them aside then we will eventually have them
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