As we were rightfully distracted this past week the Senate still went to work. Senate was faced to vote on two controversial bills about our civil liberties. One was to allow background checks to buy guns, which didn’t pass, and CISPA that did. Am I the only one that doesn’t know what CISPA is? The acronym CISPA stands for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. According to mypc.com “it would allow for voluntary information sharing between private companies, like Facebook or Google, and the government in the event of a cyber attack. If the government detects an attack it could possibly take down Facebook or Government but also if Facebook and Google detect unusual activity on their networks those companies can inform the Federal government. Huffington post suggest “ It (CISPA) helps the individual protect his right to privacy and it doesn’t allow the employer to impersonate that particular employee when other people are interacting with that person across social media platforms”. This can prevent hackers before they leak valuable information by making the risks a lot higher. On the other hand it can allow the government the legal flexibility to invade our private Internet lives.
Is this government attempt to catch up and regulate cyber crime or know more about its legal citizens? Anonymous, an unknown Internet advocate thinks it’s an attempt to invade our privacy and is staging an Internet black out.
Anonymous is not alone. Critics of CISPA say that in its current form, the law violates privacy rights because it lacks protections on how private data can be used by the government. As of right now it is written to broadly which has led to negative reactions of the bills true motive.
While proponents of the bill say it’s needed because increase number of attacks from other countries. This bill is a preemptive strike that allows the government to protect us cyber terrorism.
I am still uncertain of where I stand on CISPA but I will reluctantly give up my Internet privacy if it means to protect us.