SOPA-Inspired Bill Introduced by US Government; Allows Feds & Companies to Bypass Every Single Existing Lawby Zak On March 16th, 2012
The Stop Online Piracy Act threatened to considerably disturb the way the Internet functions and put tens of thousands of individuals out of jobs. The bill introduced by Lamar Smith was so broad that, for example, a website posted a link to another site which had a link to a file containing copyrighted content, the initial website will be the villains here too and face jail time. Considering the consequences of the bill and danger it posed, influential communities of websites such as Reddit rallied action that would halt SOPA, as well as its worldwide counterpart, PIPA.
What ensued would go down in history of the free Internet due to the huge influence it had: Reddit declared a blackout day where they would go down for 24 hours to raise awareness about the flawed bills. Hundreds of websites followed suit including Wikipedia who attracted over 100 million unique visitors viewing the SOPA/PIPA information page. Shortly following the bill, Lamar Smith decided to indefinitely shelve SOPA, after the exact same occurred for PIPA.
As is the case with the astronomically flawed United States government and indeed other region’s authorities, they wouldn’t let it rest and decided to advance other bills such as ACTA; essentially the worldwide version of SOPA, the bill was halted by European authorities due to an investigation. Still, the US government in particular won’t rest until they find a way into controlling the Internet and implementing corrupt and unethical laws and rules. And to back that up the Congress have introduced yet another bill which will follow the footsteps of SOPA, PIPA and ACTA.
The corrupt “cybersecurity” bill:
Entitled The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523), which was brought into Congress by Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the bill, if passed, will effectively give the feds and select companies to bypass laws that already exist so they can shut down access to online services, monitor communications without any consent and filter content at their own will. All this for “cybersecurity purposes.”
The bill itself is intended to In simple terms, the government and companies will share data with one another via utilizing the bill. The idea is to aid the US government regarding the discovery of serious cyber threats. However, as was the case with SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, the bill’s official details states the feds will be allowed to do much more beyond that. In fact, it seems the MPAA and RIAA are so hurt regarding The Pirate’s Bay actions, as well as other websites such as WikiLeaks, that they’ve more than likely consulted with the bill’s authors in one form or another to influence it: the definitions of the bill are frank enough to see an obvious bias against gaining the correct authority to take down The Pirate Bay and such.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act will ensure that companies and the US government will be able to, in order to protect itself from so called “cybersecurity threats”, utilize “cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect the rights and property” of individuals and other companies. However, the bill saying that it’ll use “cybersecurity systems” could be it could be read as a way to snoop around user’s privacy such as freely filtering content, monitoring emails and ultimately blocking access to websites. Essentially, the government can give the FBI and companies such as record labels to bypass every single existing law. Yes, this also means that the law that forbids telecommunications businesses to monitor communications can be bypassed as long as it’s done so in “good faith.”
What does a cybersecurity threat actually consist of? Well, that’s the problem here. The language used in the bill is extremely vague, up to the point where abuse is an inveitable outcome from the bill; both “cyber threat intelligence” and “cybersecurity purpose” will, if the law is passed, include “theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.”
Indeed, ISPs will also be given unprecedented capabilities by the bill to monitor communications of its users regarding any violation of intellectual property and such. Although the UK government is due to block access to The Pirate Bay in the region, this particular “cybersecurity” bill will allow ISPs to block access to websites such as the torrent site in whichever country they’re operating in and indeed without the requirement of taking it to court.