Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Corporations will ‘act as government spies’ under CISPA

Presidential candidate Ron Paul, a Republican Congressman from Texas, has emerged as the leading opponent of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), widely billed as a follow-up to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a controversial set of Internet regulations killed earlier this year by an online mass work stoppage protest.

In a video released Monday morning, Paul called CISPA “an Internet monitoring bill” that would enable the government and corporations to review citizens’ private communications without any judicial oversight.

The bill proposes an information sharing scheme between the National Security Agency (NSA) and corporate networks under the auspice of cyber security, and defines “cyber threat intelligence” to include details pertaining to the “theft or misappropriation” of “intellectual property.”

CISPA currently enjoys a broad base of support among some of the same companies that opposed SOPA, including Google andFacebook. The bill is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives later this week despite strong opposition from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Constitution Project, Fight for the Future and others.

Joining the bill’s opposition on Monday, Paul warned that CISPA “represents an alarming form of corporatism, as it further intertwines government with companies like Google and Facebook.”

Full article: http://www.rawstory. … t-spies-under-cispa/

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