Hi guys! For those that don’t know, today is a sort of a “Blackout Day” to protest against the new cyber security bill, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The bill follows along the failed attempts like Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA).
For those of you who don’t know what CISPA entails, essentially, the bill will allow private companies to share their information with the government when a cyber attack occurs. So, under this act, if something were to happen to, say, Facebook and/or Google, the companies could release all of their information to the government in an attempt to catch the cyber terrorist(s).
Of course, Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger have denied that CISPA would allow the free-trade of private information between companies and the government, stating that the data handed to the government would be “anonymous,” but private companies wouldn’t be required to make the data anonymous. So, everything from your e-mail, text messages, and even your cloud data files would be up for grabs. This, to the government’s argument, is a necessary measure to prevent cyber attacks: by releasing your freedom to privacy, the government (hopes) to ensure that your data is protected from everyone other than the government.
This also isn’t the first time that CISPA was attempted; a similar bill with the same name was also presented back in 2012, but it died.
Normally, we don’t participate in these whole protest things, but as we are an Internet site, we shall do our part to fight bills that infringe on Internet user rights. We apologize for any inconvenience, but look out for us as we resume our blog tomorrow!
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!!