from www.forbes.com: SOPA may be dead, but its spiritual successors promise to haunt the internet for years to come. Indeed, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” new laws make their way from the entertainment lobby to our elected officials’ desks and on to a vote in Congress.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is raising some red flags about a new House bill aimed broadly at stopping cyber threats that, in practice, would go much further.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523) was introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers [pictured] and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and “allows companies or the government free rein to bypass existing laws in order to monitor communications, filter content, or potentially even shut down access to online services for ‘cybersecurity purposes,’” according to the EFF. “Companies are encouraged to share data with the government and with one another, and the government can share data in return. The idea is to facilitate detection of and defense against a serious cyber threat, but the definitions in the bill go well beyond that. The language is so broad it could be used as a blunt instrument to attack websites like The Pirate Bay or WikiLeaks.”
Not deterred by SOPA’s recent defeat, the new bill aims to do much the same thing but focuses on “cyber threats” rather than piracy. Thanks to overly broad language and an absurd definition of what constitutes a cybersecurity threat, piracy can remain a focus of the bill without the political ramifications. According to the EFF, the bill defines “cyber threat intelligence” and “cybersecurity purpose” to include “theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.”
“This consistent and extensive cyberlooting results in huge losses of valuable intellectual property, sensitive information, and American jobs,” Rogers said in a statement on March 29.
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