CISPA (the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is something that opponents of SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA should be paying attention to. While the goal of the bill purports to be about “cybersecurity,” the bill contains vague language that allows companies to spy on Internet users and collect and share this data with third-party companies or Government agencies. The loophole for companies is that they can simply say that violating users’ privacy rights were necessary to protect against cybersecurity threats, to gain immunity from civil and criminal liabilities.
Legal experts have warned that the next phase of anti-copyright bills is to use important issues as cover. While CISPA is not anything like SOPA or other bills hated by most everyone on the Internet, it does seem to directly target individual Internet subscribers who might also be copyright infringers.
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