A new bill called 'CISPA' is the next version of SOPA/PIPA. It's got much more power behind it though - Internet companies like Facebook, Verizon and Microsoft support it. Photo credit: Digital Trends
A new U.S. centered bill has been proposed that would give law enforcement officials the power to push aside the legal barriers that prevent internet companies from handing your information over to the government.
Remember SOPA and PIPA, those failed bills that wanted to give the government the power to police the internet for pirated content?
While they may have failed, another new bill has been proposed that has been flying under the radar in comparison to SOPA and PIPA.
The bill is called CISPA, which stands for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (PDF) which is also known as H.R. 3523.
But this bill is worse than SOPA and PIPA because it has the approval of 28 companies like Facebook, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Verizon, Oracle and Symantec.
So what differentiates CISPA from SOPA and PIPA?
The only major difference is that CISPA is about cyber security and SOPA/PIPA were about intellectual property.
But the authors of CISPA, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), want you to think that CISPA is “nothing like SOPA.”
Don’t believe it!
It’s still an overreach of governmental power just like with SOPA. But since the outcry over SOPA and PIPA has died down, the Congressmen think that people have put their guard down.
CNET does a good job explaining what CISPA is all about in this quote:
CISPA is primarily a surveillance bill. With CISPA, a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your e-mails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and keep it from being sent if it fits into a plan to stop “cybersecurity” threats.
There has also been a revision to CISPA, but they didn’t change much and it’s still a scary piece of legislation.
What are your thoughts about bills like CISPA, SOPA and PIPA?
Is it an overreach of government power?
If you’re not sure what to think, the video below from RT America helps to explain in more detail what CISPA is all about.