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We need to pay attention to CISPA

CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is the latest in a long string of bills created to take away your internet privacy.  This bill isn’t getting the same amount of attention as SOPA and PIPA, but it really should.

The biggest threat of CISPA is that this bill allows the government to use the information it receives for a number of reasons:  cybersecurity, national security, cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. CISPA allows the government to do so without a warrant.  Under CISPA, the 4th Amendment doesn’t exist on the Internet.  

Considering how so many people put their entire lives on the Internet anyway, many people don’t even need something like CISPA.  Just imagine, though, the government can go through all of your search histories, your Facebook page, and your online banking information if it thinks it has a good reason.  And as we all know, the government is never wrong.  I think it is time for us to start paying attention.  CISPA has already passed the House.  We don’t need it to go any further.

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