Watch out for this: New bill called CISPA, just like SOPA and PIPA, but worse

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.

Sound familiar?

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.

Yikes!

So what differentiates CISPA from SOPA and PIPA?

Not much.

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.

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Weekend update: Anonymous fights against European anti-piracy bill

Polish Parliament members protest the ACTA bill by holding Guy Fawkes masks to their faces. Fawkes masks are the symbol used by online activist group Anonymous. Credit: Forbes.com

The online hacktivist group Anonymous is currently fighting against another proposed anti-piracy bill. The only difference this time? It’s based in Europe.

Facts about this bill:

Those opposed to ACTA say that this one is worse than the SOPA and PIPA bills proposed in the U.S. because it allows for closed door negotiations and it cannot be repealed.

Anonymous is opposed to this bill because they say it will hinder freedom of expression and might lead to surveillance by Internet Service Providers.

Anonymous is fighting against this bill by attacking European Parliament websites. Anonymous targeted a pro-ACTA website, Copyrightalliance.org, which was inaccessible on Friday.

In Poland, Polish Parliament members showed their opposition to the ACTA bill by holding paper Guy Fawkes masks to their faces as citizens were protesting against the bill in the streets. Fawkes masks are used by members of Anonymous.

This bill should be particularly interesting to follow because it is not based in the U.S.

While it may have good intentions, it will likely follow the same path as SOPA and PIPA, with heavy criticism leading to many supporters changing their minds.

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