If you’ll recall the debate surrounding the failed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill; which essentially pitted those advocating giving the federal government the broad powers outlined in the bill to combat online piracy at the expense of the privacy rights of citizens, versus people like the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Library Association that believed that act, in fact, violated the civil rights of individuals…then you might want to take a look at some articles  on a succeeding bill also created to fight online piracy which is currently before Congress. The new bill is called CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and it too, if passed, would give the government very broad powers to obtain the Internet related records of individuals.

Here are three links to articles that discuss this subject:

The first is from CNET and is titled How CISPA Would Affect You (Faq):

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57422693-281/how-cispa-would-affect-you-faq/

The second, titled House Votes to Improve Cyber Hacking Bill is from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/us/politics/house-defies-veto-threat-on-hacking-bill.html?_r=1&ref=technology#

And the third is from the tech site Mashable and is titled Where CISPA’s Going: Everything You Need To Know:

http://mashable.com/2012/04/29/where-cispa-stands-now/

Linda R.

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