Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) 2013

Could the U.S. government and your Internet Service Provider or social networking site be in cahoots.  The answer is maybe. H.R. 624, the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was introduced February 13, 2013 by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI8). CISPA, as it is commonly known passed the House on April 18 and is now in the Senate. (govtrack.U.S., CISPA)

In a nutshell, this controversial act would allow ISPs and the websites they host and the government to share information in the event of a cyber attack.

The EFF opposes the act saying the bill is too broad and would”… permit your communications service providers to identify, obtain, and share your emails and text messages with the government” without a warrant.  (EFF, Cyber Security Legislation.)

The question here might be, is the threat to our privacy worth missing a major cyber attack that would possible cripple popular websites or even the Internet?

More to come.

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