A new bill introduced in the Senate, called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, is essentially a reboot of the controversial CISPA bill that died late last year, according to Zack Whittaker at ZDNet. He notes that the new draft bill “gives companies a far greater scope of latitude to share customer and threat information in real-time with anyone from state troopers to the federal government, according to civil liberties experts.”
As The Data Center Journal has noted repeatedly, the prevailing national mindset in the U.S. of national security at all costs (including at the cost of common sense) ensures that legislation like CISPA will ultimately pass. “The perennial problem with legislation like the Internet sales tax and CISPA is that when it has sufficient political impetus among oligarchs, it will eventually gain ‘democratic’ approval.” Witness, for instance, the immensely unpopular Obamacare are all its subsequent disasters. Unfortunately, the sharing of data between private companies and government agencies (in the name of security, of course) all but guarantees abuse, given the numerous laws that criminalize almost everything. And rest assured, anything your information says can and will be used against you by the DEA and other alphabet-soup agencies, often illegally.
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